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Wireless power transfer-based eddy current non-destructive testing using a flexible printed coil array.

In Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

Eddy current testing (ECT) has been employed as a traditional non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) tool for many years. It has developed from single frequency to multiple frequencies, and eventually to pulsed and swept-frequency excitation. Recent progression of wireless power transfer (WPT) and flexible printed devices open opportunities to address challenges of defect detection and reconstruction under complex geometric situations. In this paper, a transmitter-receiver (Tx-Rx) flexible printed coil (FPC) array that uses the WPT approach featuring dual resonance responses for the first time has been proposed. The dual resonance responses can provide multiple parameters of samples, such as defect characteristics, lift-offs and material properties, while the flexible coil array allows area mapping of complex structures. To validate the proposed approach, experimental investigations of a single excitation coil with multiple receiving coils using the WPT principle were conducted on a curved pipe surface with a natural dent defect. The FPC array has one single excitation coil and 16 receiving (Rx) coils, which are used to measure the dent by using 21 C-scan points on the dedicated dent sample. The experimental data were then used for training and evaluation of dual resonance responses in terms of multiple feature extraction, selection and fusion for quantitative NDE. Four features, which include resonant magnitudes and principal components of the two resonant areas, were investigated for mapping and reconstructing the defective dent through correlation analysis for feature selection and feature fusion by deep learning. It shows that deep learning-based multiple feature fusion has outstanding performance for 3D defect reconstruction of WPT-based FPC-ECT. This article is part of the theme issue 'Advanced electromagnetic non-destructive evaluation and smart monitoring'.

Daura Lawal Umar, Tian GuiYun, Yi Qiuji, Sophian Ali


eddy current testing, feature extraction, flexible coil array, resonant frequency, selection and fusion, wireless power transfer

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A deep learning approach to detect Covid-19 coronavirus with X-Ray images.

In Biocybernetics and biomedical engineering

Rapid and accurate detection of COVID-19 coronavirus is necessity of time to prevent and control of this pandemic by timely quarantine and medical treatment in absence of any vaccine. Daily increase in cases of COVID-19 patients worldwide and limited number of available detection kits pose difficulty in identifying the presence of disease. Therefore, at this point of time, necessity arises to look for other alternatives. Among already existing, widely available and low-cost resources, X-ray is frequently used imaging modality and on the other hand, deep learning techniques have achieved state-of-the-art performances in computer-aided medical diagnosis. Therefore, an alternative diagnostic tool to detect COVID-19 cases utilizing available resources and advanced deep learning techniques is proposed in this work. The proposed method is implemented in four phases, viz., data augmentation, preprocessing, stage-I and stage-II deep network model designing. This study is performed with online available resources of 1215 images and further strengthen by utilizing data augmentation techniques to provide better generalization of the model and to prevent the model overfitting by increasing the overall length of dataset to 1832 images. Deep network implementation in two stages is designed to differentiate COVID-19 induced pneumonia from healthy cases, bacterial and other virus induced pneumonia on X-ray images of chest. Comprehensive evaluations have been performed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method with both (i) training-validation-testing and (ii) 5-fold cross validation procedures. High classification accuracy as 97.77%, recall as 97.14% and precision as 97.14% in case of COVID-19 detection shows the efficacy of proposed method in present need of time. Further, the deep network architecture showing averaged accuracy/sensitivity/specificity/precision/F1-score of 98.93/98.93/98.66/96.39/98.15 with 5-fold cross validation makes a promising outcome in COVID-19 detection using X-ray images.

Jain Govardhan, Mittal Deepti, Thakur Daksh, Mittal Madhup K

Computer-aided diagnosis, Coronavirus detection, Covid-19, Deep learning, Pneumonia, X-ray

Pathology Pathology

Multi-structure bone segmentation in pediatric MR images with combined regularization from shape priors and adversarial network

ArXiv Preprint

Morphological and diagnostic evaluation of pediatric musculoskeletal system is crucial in clinical practice. However, most segmentation models do not perform well on scarce pediatric imaging data. We propose a regularized convolutional encoder-decoder network for the challenging task of segmenting pediatric magnetic resonance (MR) images. To overcome the scarcity and heterogeneity of pediatric imaging datasets, we adopt a regularization strategy to improve the generalization of segmentation models. To this end, we have conceived a novel optimization scheme for the segmentation network which comprises additional regularization terms to the loss function. In order to obtain globally consistent predictions, we incorporate a shape priors based regularization, derived from a non-linear shape representation learnt by an auto-encoder. Additionally, an adversarial regularization computed by a discriminator is integrated to encourage plausible delineations. Our method is evaluated for the task of multi-bone segmentation on two pediatric imaging datasets from different joints (ankle and shoulder), comprising pathological as well as healthy examinations. We illustrate that the proposed approach can be easily integrated into various multi-structure strategies and can improve the prediction accuracy of state-of-the-art models. The obtained results bring new perspectives for the management of pediatric musculoskeletal disorders.

Arnaud Boutillon, Bhushan Borotikar, Valérie Burdin, Pierre-Henri Conze


Radiology Radiology

Machine Learning-Based Radiomics Nomogram Using Magnetic Resonance Images for Prediction of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Efficacy in Breast Cancer Patients.

In Frontiers in oncology

Purpose: The construction and validation of a radiomics nomogram based on machine learning using magnetic resonance image (MRI) for predicting the efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in patients with breast cancer (BCa). Methods: This retrospective investigation consisted of 158 patients who were diagnosed with BCa and underwent MRI before NACT, of which 33 patients experienced pathological complete response (pCR) by the postoperative pathological examination. The patients with BCa were divided into the training set (n = 110) and test set (n = 48) randomly. The features were selected by the maximum relevance minimum redundancy (mRMR) and absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) algorithm in the training set. In return, the radiomics signature was established using machine learning. The predictive score of each patient was calculated using the radiomics signature formula. Finally, the predictive scores and clinical factors were used to perform the multivariate logistic regression and construct the nomogram. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analyses were used to assess and validate the diagnostic accuracy of the nomogram in the test set. Lastly, the usefulness of the nomogram was confirmed via decision curve analysis (DCA). Results: The radiomics signature was well-discriminated in the training set [AUC 0.835, specificity 71.32%, and sensitivity 82.61%], and test set (AUC 0.834, specificity 73.21%, and sensitivity 80%). Containing the radiomics signature and hormone status, the radiomics nomogram showed good calibration and discrimination in the training set [AUC 0.888, specificity 79.31%, and sensitivity 86.96%] and test set (AUC 0.879, specificity 82.19%, and sensitivity 83.57%). The decision curve indicated the clinical usefulness of our nomogram. Conclusion: Our radiomics nomogram showed good discrimination in patients with BCa who experience pCR after NACT. The model may aid physicians in predicting how specific patients may respond to BCa treatments in the future.

Chen Shujun, Shu Zhenyu, Li Yongfeng, Chen Bo, Tang Lirong, Mo Wenju, Shao Guoliang, Shao Feng


breast cancer, machine learning, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, nomogram, pathological complete response, radiomics

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Short-term stock market price trend prediction using a comprehensive deep learning system.

In Journal of big data

In the era of big data, deep learning for predicting stock market prices and trends has become even more popular than before. We collected 2 years of data from Chinese stock market and proposed a comprehensive customization of feature engineering and deep learning-based model for predicting price trend of stock markets. The proposed solution is comprehensive as it includes pre-processing of the stock market dataset, utilization of multiple feature engineering techniques, combined with a customized deep learning based system for stock market price trend prediction. We conducted comprehensive evaluations on frequently used machine learning models and conclude that our proposed solution outperforms due to the comprehensive feature engineering that we built. The system achieves overall high accuracy for stock market trend prediction. With the detailed design and evaluation of prediction term lengths, feature engineering, and data pre-processing methods, this work contributes to the stock analysis research community both in the financial and technical domains.

Shen Jingyi, Shafiq M Omair


Deep learning, Feature engineering, Prediction, Stock market trend

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Pathological identification of brain tumors based on the characteristics of molecular fragments generated by laser ablation combined with a spiking neural network.

In Biomedical optics express

Quick and accurate diagnosis helps shorten intraoperative waiting time and make a correct plan for the brain tumor resection. The common cryostat section method costs more than 10 minutes and the diagnostic accuracy depends on the sliced and frozen process and the experience of the pathologist. We propose the use of molecular fragment spectra (MFS) in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to identify different brain tumors. Formation mechanisms of MFS detected from brain tumors could be generalized into 3 categories, for instance, combination, reorganization and break. Four kinds of brain tumors (glioma, meningioma, hemangiopericytoma, and craniopharyngioma) from different patients were used as investigated samples. The spiking neural network (SNN) classifier was proposed to combine with the MFS (MFS-SNN) for the identification of brain tumors. SNN performed better than conventional machine learning methods for the analysis of similar and limited MFS information. With the ratio data type, the identification accuracy achieved 88.62% in 2 seconds.

Teng Geer, Wang Qianqian, Yang Haifeng, Qi Xueling, Zhang Hongwei, Cui Xutai, Idrees Bushra Sana, Xiangli Wenting, Wei Kai, Khan M Nouman