Automatic catheter detection in pediatric X-ray images using a scale-recurrent network and synthetic data

Xin Yi, Scott Adams, Paul Babyn, Abdul Elnajmi

Apr 08, 2018 MIDL 2018 Conference Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: Catheters are commonly inserted life supporting devices. X-ray images are used to assess the position of a catheter immediately after placement as serious complications can arise from malpositioned catheters. Previous computer vision approaches to detect catheters on X-ray images either relied on low-level cues that are not sufficiently robust or only capable of processing a limited number or type of catheters. With the resurgence of deep learning, supervised training approaches are begining to showing promising results. However, dense annotation maps are required, and the work of a human annotator is hard to scale. In this work, we proposed a simple way of synthesizing catheters on X-ray images and a scale recurrent network for catheter detection. By training on adult chest X-rays, the proposed network exhibits promising detection results on pediatric chest/abdomen X-rays in terms of both precision and recall.
  • Keywords: Catheter detection, Pediatric X-ray, Deep learning, Recurrent Neural Network, Multi-scale
  • Author affiliation: Department of Medical Imaging, University of Saskatchewan
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