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An Asymetric Cycle-Consistency Loss for Dealing with Many-to-One Mappings in Image Translation: A Study on Thigh MR Scans

by   Michael Gadermayr, et al.

Generative adversarial networks using a cycle-consistency loss facilitate unpaired training of image-translation models and thereby exhibit a very high potential in manifold medical applications. However, the fact that images in one domain potentially map to more than one image in another domain (e.g. in case of pathological changes) exhibits a major challenge for training the networks. In this work, we offer a solution to improve the training process in case of many-to-one mappings by modifying the cycle-consistency loss. We show formally and empirically that the proposed method improves the performance significantly without radically changing the architecture and without increasing the overall complexity. We evaluate our method on thigh MRI scans with the final goal of segmenting the muscle in fat-infiltrated patients' data.


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