Convolutional neural networks for mesh-based parcellation of the cerebral cortex

Guillem Cucurull, Konrad Wagstyl, Arantxa Casanova, Petar Veličković, Estrid Jakobsen, Michal Drozdzal, Adriana Romero, Alan Evans, Yoshua Bengio

Apr 11, 2018 (modified: Apr 11, 2018) MIDL 2018 Conference Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: In order to understand the organization of the cerebral cortex, it is necessary to create a map or parcellation of cortical areas. Reconstructions of the cortical surface created from structural MRI scans, are frequently used in neuroimaging as a common coordinate space for representing multimodal neuroimaging data. These meshes are used to investigate healthy brain organization as well as abnormalities in neurological and psychiatric conditions. We frame cerebral cortex parcellation as a mesh segmentation task, and address it by taking advantage of recent advances in generalizing convolutions to the graph domain. In particular, we propose to assess graph convolutional networks and graph attention networks, which, in contrast to previous mesh parcellation models, exploit the underlying structure of the data to make predictions. We show experimentally on the Human Connectome Project dataset that the proposed graph convolutional models outperform current state-of-the-art and baselines, highlighting the potential and applicability of these methods to tackle neuroimaging challenges, paving the road towards a better characterization of brain diseases.
  • Keywords: cortical meshes, graph attention, graph convolutions, parcellation, neuroimaging, cortex parcellation
  • Author affiliation: Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, Centre de Visio per Computador, Department of Psychiatry of the University of Cambridge, Montreal Neurological Institute, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Facebook AI Research
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