A Perlin Noise-Based Augmentation Strategy for Deep Learning with Small Data Samples of HRCT images

Scientific Reports (2018)


Deep learning is now widely used as an efficient tool for medical image classification and segmentation. However, conventional machine learning techniques are still more accurate than deep learning when only a small dataset is available. In this study, we present a general data augmentation strategy using Perlin noise, applying it to pixel-by-pixel image classification and quantification of various kinds of image patterns of diffuse interstitial lung disease (DILD). Using retrospectively obtained high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) images from 106 patients, 100 regions-of-interest (ROIs) for each of six classes of image patterns (normal, ground-glass opacity, reticular opacity, honeycombing, emphysema, and consolidation) were selected for deep learning classification by experienced thoracic radiologists. For extra-validation, the deep learning quantification of the six classification patterns was evaluated for 92 HRCT whole lung images for which hand-labeled segmentation masks created by two experienced radiologists were available. FusionNet, a convolutional neural network (CNN), was used for training, test, and extra-validation on classifications of DILD image patterns. The accuracy of FusionNet with data augmentation using Perlin noise (89.5%, 49.8%, and 55.0% for ROI-based classification and whole lung quantifications by two radiologists, respectively) was significantly higher than that with conventional data augmentation (82.1%, 45.7%, and 49.9%, respectively). This data augmentation strategy using Perlin noise could be widely applied to deep learning studies for image classification and segmentation, especially in cases with relatively small datasets.


배현진(서울아산병원/울산대학교 의과대학), 김창욱(카카오브레인), 김남주(카카오브레인), 박범희(서울아산병원/울산대학교 의과대학), 김남국(서울아산병원/울산대학교 의과대학), 서준범(서울아산병원/울산대학교 의과대학), 이상민(서울아산병원/울산대학교 의과대학)


medical semantic segmentation

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