Implementation of an ideal observer model using convolutional neural network for breast CT images

Gihun Kim, Minah Han, Hyunjung Shim, Jongduk Baek

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In this work, we proposed a non-linear observer model based on convolutional neural network and compare its performance with LG-CHO for four alternative forced choice detection task using simulated breast CT images. In our network, each convolutional layer contained 3×3 filters and a leaky-ReLU as an activation function, but a pooling layer and a zero padding to the output of each convolutional layer were not used unlike general convolutional neural network. Network training was conducted using ADAM optimizer with two design parameters (i.e., network depth and width). The optimal value of the design parameter was found by brute force searching, which spanned up to 30 for depth and 128 for channel, respectively. To generate training and validation dataset, we generated anatomical noise images using a power law spectrum of breast anatomy. 50% volume glandular fraction was assumed, and 1 mm diameter signal was used for detection task. The generated images were recon- structed using filtered back-projection with a fan beam CT geometry, and ramp and Hanning filters were used as an apodization filter to generate different noise structures. To train our network, 125,000 signal present images and 375,000 signal absent images were reconstructed for each apodization filter. To measure detectability, we used percent correction with 4,000 images, generated independently from training and validation dataset. Our results show that the proposed network composed of 30 layers and 64 channels provides higher detectability than LG-CHO. We believe that the improved detectability is achieved by the presence of the non-linear module (i.e., leaky-ReLU) in the network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2019
Subtitle of host publicationImage Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
EditorsRobert M. Nishikawa, Frank W. Samuelson
ISBN (Electronic)9781510625518
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventMedical Imaging 2019: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment - San Diego, United States
Duration: 2019 Feb 202019 Feb 21

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2019: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 SPIE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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