Deep Learning with Skip Connection Attention for Choroid Layer Segmentation in OCT Images

Xiaoqian Mao, Yitian Zhao, Bang Chen, Yuhui Ma, Zaiwang Gu, Shenshen Gu, Jianlong Yang, Jun Cheng, Jiang Liu

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Abstract

Since the thickness and shape of the choroid layer are indicators for the diagnosis of several ophthalmic diseases, the choroid layer segmentation is an important task. There exist many challenges in segmentation of the choroid layer. In this paper, in view of the lack of context information due to the ambiguous boundaries, and the subsequent inconsistent predictions of the same category targets ascribed to the lack of context information or the large regions, a novel Skip Connection Attention (SCA) module which is integrated into the U-Shape architecture is proposed to improve the precision of choroid layer segmentation in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images. The main function of the SCA module is to capture the global context in the highest level to provide the decoder with stage-by-stage guidance, to extract more context information and generate more consistent predictions for the same class targets. By integrating the SCA module into the U-Net and CE-Net, we show that the module improves the accuracy of the choroid layer segmentation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare, EMBC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1641-1645
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 20 Jul 202024 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period20/07/2024/07/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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