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Train smarter, not harder: learning deep abdominal CT registration on scarce data


Purpose: This study aims to explore training strategies to improve convolutional neural network-based image-to-image registration for abdominal imaging. Methods: Different training strategies, loss functions, and transfer learning schemes were considered. Furthermore, an augmentation layer which generates artificial training image pairs on-the-fly was proposed, in addition to a loss layer that enables dynamic loss weighting. Results: Guiding registration using segmentations in the training step proved beneficial for deep-learning-based image registration. Finetuning the pretrained model from the brain MRI dataset to the abdominal CT dataset further improved performance on the latter application, removing the need for a large dataset to yield satisfactory performance. Dynamic loss weighting also marginally improved performance, all without impacting inference runtime. Conclusion: Using simple concepts, we improved the performance of a commonly used deep image registration architecture, VoxelMorph. In future work, our framework, DDMR, should be validated on different datasets to further assess its value.


Academic article


  • EC/H2020 / 722068





  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Unknown
  • University of Oslo



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