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Meta Grayscale Adaptive Network for 3D Integrated Renal Structures Segmentation


Three-dimensional (3D) integrated renal structures (IRS) segmentation targets segmenting the kidneys, renal tumors, arteries, and veins in one inference. Clinicians will benefit from the 3D IRS visual model for accurate preoperative planning and intraoperative guidance of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN). However, no success has been reported in 3D IRS segmentation due to the inherent challenges in grayscale distribution: low contrast caused by the narrow task-dependent distribution range of regions of interest (ROIs), and the networks representation preferences caused by the distribution variation inter-images. In this paper, we propose the Meta Greyscale Adaptive Network (MGANet), the first deep learning framework to simultaneously segment the kidney, renal tumors, arteries and veins on CTA images in one inference. It makes innovations in two collaborate aspects: 1) The Grayscale Interest Search (GIS) adaptively focuses segmentation networks on task-dependent grayscale distributions via scaling the window width and center with two cross-correlated coefficients for the first time, thus learning the fine-grained representation for fine segmentation. 2) The Meta Grayscale Adaptive (MGA) learning makes an image-level meta-learning strategy. It represents diverse robust features from multiple distributions, perceives the distribution characteristic, and generates the model parameters to fuse features dynamically according to image's distribution, thus adapting the grayscale distribution variation. This study enrolls 123 patients and the average Dice coefficients of the renal structures are up to 87.9%. Fine selection of the task-dependent grayscale distribution ranges and personalized fusion of multiple representations on different distributions will lead to better 3D IRS segmentation quality. Extensive experiments with promising results on renal structures reveal powerful segmentation accuracy and great clinical significance in renal cancer treatment.
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hal-03195538 , version 1 (11-04-2021)



Yuting He, Guanyu Yang, Jian Yang, Rongjun Ge, Youyong Kong, et al.. Meta Grayscale Adaptive Network for 3D Integrated Renal Structures Segmentation. Medical Image Analysis, 2021, 71, pp.102055. ⟨10.1016/⟩. ⟨hal-03195538⟩
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