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COVID-19 Infection Analysis Framework using Novel Boosted CNNs and Radiological Images

by   Saddam Hussain Khan, et al.

COVID-19 is a new pathogen that first appeared in the human population at the end of 2019, and it can lead to novel variants of pneumonia after infection. COVID-19 is a rapidly spreading infectious disease that infects humans faster. Therefore, efficient diagnostic systems may accurately identify infected patients and thus help control their spread. In this regard, a new two-stage analysis framework is developed to analyze minute irregularities of COVID-19 infection. A novel detection Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), STM-BRNet, is developed that incorporates the Split-Transform-Merge (STM) block and channel boosting (CB) to identify COVID-19 infected CT slices in the first stage. Each STM block extracts boundary and region-smoothing-specific features for COVID-19 infection detection. Moreover, the various boosted channels are obtained by introducing the new CB and Transfer Learning (TL) concept in STM blocks to capture small illumination and texture variations of COVID-19-specific images. The COVID-19 CTs are provided with new SA-CB-BRSeg segmentation CNN for delineating infection in images in the second stage. SA-CB-BRSeg methodically utilized smoothening and heterogeneous operations in the encoder and decoder to capture simultaneously COVID-19 specific patterns that are region homogeneity, texture variation, and boundaries. Additionally, the new CB concept is introduced in the decoder of SA-CB-BRSeg by combining additional channels using TL to learn the low contrast region. The proposed STM-BRNet and SA-CB-BRSeg yield considerable achievement in accuracy: 98.01 98.11 region, respectively. The proposed two-stage framework significantly increased performance compared to single-phase and other reported systems and reduced the burden on the radiologists.


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