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In Skeletal radiology

PURPOSE : To develop a deep convolutional neural network capable of detecting spinal sclerotic metastases on body CTs.

MATERIALS AND METHODS : Our study was IRB-approved and HIPAA-compliant. Cases of confirmed sclerotic bone metastases in chest, abdomen, and pelvis CTs were identified. Images were manually segmented for 3 classes: background, normal bone, and sclerotic lesion(s). If multiple lesions were present on a slice, all lesions were segmented. A total of 600 images were obtained, with a 90/10 training/testing split. Images were stored as 128 × 128 pixel grayscale and the training dataset underwent a processing pipeline of histogram equalization and data augmentation. We trained our model from scratch on Keras/TensorFlow using an 80/20 training/validation split and a U-Net architecture (64 batch size, 100 epochs, dropout 0.25, initial learning rate 0.0001, sigmoid activation). We also tested our model's true negative and false positive rate with 1104 non-pathologic images. Global sensitivity measured model detection of any lesion on a single image, local sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV) measured model detection of each lesion on a given image, and local specificity measured the false positive rate in non-pathologic bone.

RESULTS : Dice scores were 0.83 for lesion, 0.96 for non-pathologic bone, and 0.99 for background. Global sensitivity was 95% (57/60), local sensitivity was 92% (89/97), local PPV was 97% (89/92), and local specificity was 87% (958/1104).

CONCLUSION : A deep convolutional neural network has the potential to assist in detecting sclerotic spinal metastases.

Chang Connie Y, Buckless Colleen, Yeh Kaitlyn J, Torriani Martin


Artificial intelligence, Bone lesions, Deep convolutional neural network, Sclerotic