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In International urogynecology journal

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS : Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an important role in assessing pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and automated pelvic floor landmark localization potentially accelerates MRI-based measurements of POP. Herein, we aimed to develop and evaluate a deep learning-based technique for automated localization of POP-related landmarks.

METHODS : Ninety-six mid-sagittal stress MR images (at rest and at maximal Valsalva) were used for deep-learning model training and generalization testing. We randomly split our dataset into a training set of 73 images and a testing set of 23 images. One soft-tissue landmark (the cervical os [P1]) and three bony landmarks (the mid-pubic line [MPL] endpoints [P2&P3] and the sacrococcygeal inferior-pubic point [SCIPP] line endpoints [P3&P4]) were annotated by experts. We used an encoder-decoder structure to develop the deep learning model for automated localization of the four landmarks. Localization performance was assessed using the root square error (RSE), whereas the reference lines were assessed based on the length and orientation differences.

RESULTS : We localized landmarks (P1 to P4) with mean RSEs of 1.9 mm, 1.3 mm, 0.9 mm, and 3.6 mm. The mean length errors of the MPL and SCIPP line were 0.1 and -2.1 mm, and the mean orientation errors of the MPL and SCIPP line were -0.7° and -0.3°. Our method predicted each image in 0.015 s.

CONCLUSIONS : We demonstrated the feasibility of a deep learning-based approach for accurate and fast fully automated localization of bony and soft-tissue landmarks. This sped up the MR interpretation process for fast POP screening and treatment planning.

Feng Fei, Ashton-Miller James A, DeLancey John O L, Luo Jiajia


Deep learning, Localization, MRI, Pelvic organ prolapse