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In IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics

With the development of medical artificial intelligence, automatic magnetic resonance image (MRI) segmentation method is quite desirable. Inspired by the power of deep neural networks, a novel deep adversarial network, dilated block adversarial network (DBAN), is proposed to perform left ventricle, right ventricle and myocardium segmentation in short-axis cardiac MRI. DBAN contains a segmentor along with a discriminator. In the segmentor, the dilated block (DB) is proposed to capture and aggregate multi-scale features. The segmentor can produce segmentation probability maps while the discriminator can differentiate the segmentation probability map and the ground truth at the pixel level. In addition, confidence probability maps generated by the discriminator can guide the segmentor to modify segmentation probability maps. Extensive experiments demonstrate that DBAN has achieved the state-of-the-art performance on the ACDC dataset. Quantitative analyses indicate that cardiac function indices from DBAN are similar to those from clinical experts. Therefore, DBAN can be a potential candidate for short-axis cardiac MRI segmentation in clinical applications.

Yang Xinyu, Zhang Yuan, Lo Benny, Wu Dongrui, Liao Hongen, Zhang Yuanting