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Automated MRI Quality Assessment of Brain T1-weighted MRI in Clinical Data Warehouses: A Transfer Learning Approach Relying on Artefact Simulation

Didier Dormont

Abstract

The emergence of clinical data warehouses (CDWs), which contain the medical data of millions of patients, has paved the way for vast data sharing for research. The quality of MRIs gathered in CDWs differs greatly from what is observed in research settings and reflects a certain clinical reality. Consequently, a significant proportion of these images turns out to be unusable due to their poor quality. Given the massive volume of MRIs contained in CDWs, the manual rating of image quality is impossible. Thus, it is necessary to develop an automated solution capable of effectively identifying corrupted images in CDWs. This study presents an innovative transfer learning method for automated quality con- trol of 3D gradient echo T1-weighted brain MRIs within a CDW, leveraging artefact sim- ulation. We first intentionally corrupt images from research datasets by inducing poorer contrast, adding noise and introducing motion artefacts. Subsequently, three artefact- specific models are pre-trained using these corrupted images to detect distinct types of artefacts. Finally, the models are generalised to routine clinical data through a transfer learning technique, utilising 3660 manually annotated images. The overall image quality is inferred from the results of the three models, each designed to detect a specific type of artefact. Our method was validated on an independent test set of 385 3D gradient echo T1-weighted MRIs. Our proposed approach achieved excellent results for the detection of bad quality MRIs, with a balanced accuracy of over 87%, surpassing our previous approach by 3.5 percent points. Additionally, we achieved a satisfactory balanced accuracy of 79% for the detection of moderate quality MRIs, outperforming our previous performance by 5 percent points. Our framework provides a valuable tool for exploiting the potential of MRIs in CDWs.
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hal-04623223 , version 1 (25-06-2024)

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Sophie Loizillon, Simona Bottani, Stéphane Mabille, Yannick Jacob, Aurélien Maire, et al.. Automated MRI Quality Assessment of Brain T1-weighted MRI in Clinical Data Warehouses: A Transfer Learning Approach Relying on Artefact Simulation. Journal of Machine Learning for Biomedical Imaging, 2024, 2 (June 2024), pp.888-915. ⟨10.59275/j.melba.2024-7fgd⟩. ⟨hal-04623223⟩
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