Segmentation of Multimodal Myocardial Images Using Shape-Transfer GAN

14 Aug 2019  ·  Xumin Tao, Hongrong Wei, Wufeng Xue, Dong Ni ·

Myocardium segmentation of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) Cardiac MR images is important for evaluation of infarction regions in clinical practice. The pathological myocardium in LGE images presents distinctive brightness and textures compared with the healthy tissues, making it much more challenging to be segment. Instead, the balanced-Steady State Free Precession (bSSFP) cine images show clearly boundaries and can be easily segmented. Given this fact, we propose a novel shape-transfer GAN for LGE images, which can 1) learn to generate realistic LGE images from bSSFP with the anatomical shape preserved, and 2) learn to segment the myocardium of LGE images from these generated images. It's worth to note that no segmentation label of the LGE images is used during this procedure. We test our model on dataset from the Multi-sequence Cardiac MR Segmentation Challenge. The results show that the proposed Shape-Transfer GAN can achieve accurate myocardium masks of LGE images.

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