Vol.65, No.2, 2020, pp.1771-1780, doi:10.32604/cmc.2020.010069
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Tissue Segmentation in Nasopharyngeal CT Images Using TwoStage Learning
  • Yong Luo1, Xiaojie Li2, Chao Luo2, Feng Wang1, Xi Wu2, Imran Mumtaz3, Cheng Yi1, *
1 West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610000, China.
2 Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu, 610000, China.
3 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, 38000, Pakistan.
* Corresponding Author: Cheng Yi. Email: .
Received 10 February 2020; Accepted 22 April 2020; Issue published 20 August 2020
Abstract
Tissue segmentation is a fundamental and important task in nasopharyngeal images analysis. However, it is a challenging task to accurately and quickly segment various tissues in the nasopharynx region due to the small difference in gray value between tissues in the nasopharyngeal image and the complexity of the tissue structure. In this paper, we propose a novel tissue segmentation approach based on a two-stage learning framework and U-Net. In the proposed methodology, the network consists of two segmentation modules. The first module performs rough segmentation and the second module performs accurate segmentation. Considering the training time and the limitation of computing resources, the structure of the second module is simpler and the number of network layers is less. In addition, our segmentation module is based on U-Net and incorporates a skip structure, which can make full use of the original features of the data and avoid feature loss. We evaluated our proposed method on the nasopharyngeal dataset provided by West China Hospital of Sichuan University. The experimental results show that the proposed method is superior to many standard segmentation structures and the recently proposed nasopharyngeal tissue segmentation method, and can be easily generalized across different tissue types in various organs.
Keywords
Tissue segmentation, deep learning, two-stage network, convolutional neural network.
Cite This Article
Y. Luo, X. Li, C. Luo, F. Wang, X. Wu et al., "Tissue segmentation in nasopharyngeal ct images using twostage learning," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 65, no.2, pp. 1771–1780, 2020.
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