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One of the primary clinical observations for screening the novel coronavirus is capturing a chest x-ray image. In most patients, a chest x-ray contains abnormalities, such as consolidation, resulting from COVID-19 viral pneumonia. In this study, research is conducted on efficiently detecting imaging features of this type of pneumonia using deep convolutional neural networks in a large dataset. It is demonstrated that simple models, alongside the majority of pretrained networks in the literature, focus on irrelevant features for decision-making. In this paper, numerous chest x-ray images from several sources are collected, and one of the largest publicly accessible datasets is prepared. Finally, using the transfer learning paradigm, the well-known CheXNet model is utilized to develop COVID-CXNet. This powerful model is capable of detecting the novel coronavirus pneumonia based on relevant and meaningful features with precise localization. COVID-CXNet is a step towards a fully automated and robust COVID-19 detection system.

Haghanifar Arman, Majdabadi Mahdiyar Molahasani, Choi Younhee, Deivalakshmi S, Ko Seokbum


COVID-19, CheXNet, Chest X-ray, Convolutional neural networks, Imaging features