Brain Age Estimation Using LSTM on Children's Brain MRI

02/20/2020 ∙ by Sheng He, et al. ∙ 4

Brain age prediction based on children's brain MRI is an important biomarker for brain health and brain development analysis. In this paper, we consider the 3D brain MRI volume as a sequence of 2D images and propose a new framework using the recurrent neural network for brain age estimation. The proposed method is named as 2D-ResNet18+Long short-term memory (LSTM), which consists of four parts: 2D ResNet18 for feature extraction on 2D images, a pooling layer for feature reduction over the sequences, an LSTM layer, and a final regression layer. We apply the proposed method on a public multisite NIH-PD dataset and evaluate generalization on a second multisite dataset, which shows that the proposed 2D-ResNet18+LSTM method provides better results than traditional 3D based neural network for brain age estimation.

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