Few Shot Learning Framework to Reduce Inter-observer Variability in Medical Images

08/07/2020 ∙ by Sohini Roychowdhury, et al. ∙ 0

Most computer aided pathology detection systems rely on large volumes of quality annotated data to aid diagnostics and follow up procedures. However, quality assuring large volumes of annotated medical image data can be subjective and expensive. In this work we present a novel standardization framework that implements three few-shot learning (FSL) models that can be iteratively trained by atmost 5 images per 3D stack to generate multiple regional proposals (RPs) per test image. These FSL models include a novel parallel echo state network (ParESN) framework and an augmented U-net model. Additionally, we propose a novel target label selection algorithm (TLSA) that measures relative agreeability between RPs and the manually annotated target labels to detect the "best" quality annotation per image. Using the FSL models, our system achieves 0.28-0.64 Dice coefficient across vendor image stacks for intra-retinal cyst segmentation. Additionally, the TLSA is capable of automatically classifying high quality target labels from their noisy counterparts for 60-97 remaining images. Also, the proposed framework with ParESN model minimizes manual annotation checking to 12-28 metrics further provide confidence scores for the automated annotation quality assurance. Thus, the proposed framework is flexible to extensions for quality image annotation curation of other image stacks as well.



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