CANet: context aware network for brain glioma segmentation

Zhihua Liu, Lei Tong, Long Chen, Feixiang Zhou, Zheheng Jiang, Qianni Zhang, Yinhai Wang, Caifeng Shan, Ling Li, Huiyu Zhou

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Automated segmentation of brain glioma plays an active role in diagnosis decision, progression monitoring and surgery planning. Based on deep neural networks, previous studies have shown promising technologies for brain glioma segmentation. However, these approaches lack powerful strategies to incorporate contextual information of tumor cells and their surrounding, which has been proven as a fundamental cue to deal with local ambiguity. In this work, we propose a novel approach named Context-Aware Network (CANet) for brain glioma segmentation. CANet captures high dimensional and discriminative features with contexts from both the convolutional space and feature interaction graphs. We further propose context guided attentive conditional random fields which can selectively aggregate features. We evaluate our method using publicly accessible brain glioma segmentation datasets BRATS2017, BRATS2018 and BRATS2019. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm has better or competitive performance against several State-of-The-Art approaches under different segmentation metrics on the training and validation sets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1763-1777
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Issue number7
Early online date15 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


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