Keywords: ischemic stroke, thrombus, segmentation, CT, U-Net
TL;DR: We have developed a thrombus segmentation method for ischemic stroke patients which fascilitates the extraction of thrombus imaging characteristics and can therefore potentially assist radiologists in making treatment decesions.
Abstract: Thrombus imaging characteristics are associated with treatment success and functional outcomes in stroke patients. However, assessing these characteristics based on manual annotations is labor intensive and subject to observer bias. Therefore, we aimed to create an automated pipeline for consistent and fast full thrombus segmentation. We first found the occlusion location using StrokeViewer LVO and created a bounding box around it. We trained dual modality U-Net based convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to subsequently segment the thrombus inside this bounding box. Segmentation results have high spatial accuracy with manual delineations and can therefore be used to determine thrombus characteristics and potentially benefit decision making in clinical practice.
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Primary Subject Area: Segmentation
Secondary Subject Area: Application: Radiology
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