CS-Net: Channel and spatial attention network for curvilinear structure segmentation

Lei Mou, Yitian Zhao, Li Chen, Jun Cheng, Zaiwang Gu, Huaying Hao, Hong Qi, Yalin Zheng, Alejandro Frangi, Jiang Liu

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Abstract

The detection of curvilinear structures in medical images, e.g., blood vessels or nerve fibers, is important in aiding management of many diseases. In this work, we propose a general unifying curvilinear structure segmentation network that works on different medical imaging modalities: optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A), color fundus image, and corneal confocal microscopy (CCM). Instead of the U-Net based convolutional neural network, we propose a novel network (CS-Net) which includes a self-attention mechanism in the encoder and decoder. Two types of attention modules are utilized - spatial attention and channel attention, to further integrate local features with their global dependencies adaptively. The proposed network has been validated on five datasets: two color fundus datasets, two corneal nerve datasets and one OCT-A dataset. Experimental results show that our method outperforms state-of-the-art methods, for example, sensitivities of corneal nerve fiber segmentation were at least 2% higher than the competitors. As a complementary output, we made manual annotations of two corneal nerve datasets which have been released for public access.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2019 - 22nd International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsDinggang Shen, Pew-Thian Yap, Tianming Liu, Terry M. Peters, Ali Khan, Lawrence H. Staib, Caroline Essert, Sean Zhou
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages721-730
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030322380
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2019 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 13 Oct 201917 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11764 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2019
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShenzhen
Period13/10/1917/10/19

Keywords

  • Curvilinear structure
  • Encoder and decoder
  • Segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)

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