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In Neurocomputing

Detecting COVID-19 in computed tomography (CT) or radiography images has been proposed as a supplement to the RT-PCR test. We compare slice-based (2D) and volume-based (3D) approaches to this problem and propose a deep learning ensemble, called IST-CovNet, combining the best 2D and 3D systems with novel preprocessing and attention modules and the use of a bidirectional Long Short-Term Memory model for combining slice-level decisions. The proposed ensemble obtains 90.80% accuracy and 0.95 AUC score overall on the newly collected IST-C dataset in detecting COVID-19 among normal controls and other types of lung pathologies; and 93.69% accuracy and 0.99 AUC score on the publicly available MosMedData dataset that consists of COVID-19 scans and normal controls only. The system also obtains state-of-art results (90.16% accuracy and 0.94 AUC) on the COVID-CT-MD dataset which is only used for testing. The system is deployed at Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine where it is used to automatically screen CT scans of patients, while waiting for RT-PCR tests or radiologist evaluation.

Ali Ahmed Sara Atito, Yavuz Mehmet Can, Şen Mehmet Umut, Gülşen Fatih, Tutar Onur, Korkmazer Bora, Samancı Cesur, Şirolu Sabri, Hamid Rauf, Eryürekli Ali Ergun, Mammadov Toghrul, Yanikoglu Berrin


COVID-19, Computed Tomography, Deep Learning, Detection, Ensemble