Radiographic Assessment of CVC Malpositioning: How can AI best support clinicians?Download PDF

Published: 11 May 2021, Last Modified: 16 May 2023MIDL 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Chest X-Ray, CVC Malpositioning, Explainable AI
Abstract: The malpositioning of central venous catheters (CVCs) is a common technical complication that is usually diagnosed on post-procedure chest X-rays (CXRs). If the misplaced CVC remains undetected, it can lead to serious health consequences for the patient. Interpreting CXRs at a large scale in everyday clinical practice is time consuming and can create delays in the repositioning of the CVC. A computer-assisted assessment of post-procedure CXRs can help to prioritise cases and reduce human errors in stressful situations by objectifying decisions. However, final assessments must always be made by the clinicians, which is why the algorithmic support needs to be comprehensible. Since AI models are not yet able to detect catheter maplpositons with highest accuracy, the focus must be on efficient support in everyday clinical practice. In this work, we evaluate three different AI models, particularly with regard to the relationship between classification accuracy and the degree of explainability. Our results show how helpful it is to incorporate explicit clinical knowledge into deep learning-based models and give us promising research directions for a planned large scale patient study.
Paper Type: validation/application paper
Primary Subject Area: Application: Radiology
Secondary Subject Area: Interpretability and Explainable AI
Paper Status: original work, not submitted yet
Source Code Url: Both networks (segmentation and classification), are based on the following public repositories:,
Data Set Url:, the UKSH dataset can currently not be published due to legal regularisations
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