Survival Analysis for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis using CT Images and Incomplete Clinical DataDownload PDF

Published: 28 Feb 2022, Last Modified: 16 May 2023MIDL 2022Readers: Everyone
Keywords: survival analysis, IPF, interstitial lung diseases, neural networks
TL;DR: We predict the mortality risk in IPF patients from CT lung images and clinical information that include missing values.
Abstract: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is an inexorably progressive fibrotic lung disease with a variable and unpredictable rate of progression. CT scans of the lungs inform clinical assessment of IPF patients and contain pertinent information related to disease progression. In this work, we propose a multi-modal method that uses neural networks and memory banks to predict the survival of IPF patients using clinical and imaging data. The majority of clinical IPF patient records have missing data (e.g. missing lung function tests). To this end, we propose a probabilistic model that captures the dependencies between the observed clinical variables and imputes missing ones. This principled approach to missing data imputation can be naturally combined with a deep survival analysis model. We show that the proposed framework yields significantly better survival analysis results than baselines in terms of concordance index and integrated Brier score. Our work also provides insights into novel image-based biomarkers that are linked to mortality.
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Primary Subject Area: Learning with Noisy Labels and Limited Data
Secondary Subject Area: Application: Radiology
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