A Unified Multi-Phase CT Synthesis and Classification Framework for Kidney Cancer Diagnosis With Incomplete Data

Kwang Hyun Uhm, Seung Won Jung, Moon Hyung Choi, Sung Hoo Hong, Sung Jea Ko

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Multi-phase computed tomography (CT) is widely adopted for the diagnosis of kidney cancer due to the complementary information among phases. However, the complete set of multi-phase CT is often not available in practical clinical applications. In recent years, there have been some studies to generate the missing modality image from the available data. Nevertheless, the generated images are not guaranteed to be effective for the diagnosis task. In this paper, we propose a unified framework for kidney cancer diagnosis with incomplete multi-phase CT, which simultaneously recovers missing CT images and classifies cancer subtypes using the completed set of images. The advantage of our framework is that it encourages a synthesis model to explicitly learn to generate missing CT phases that are helpful for classifying cancer subtypes. We further incorporate lesion segmentation network into our framework to exploit lesion-level features for effective cancer classification in the whole CT volumes. The proposed framework is based on fully 3D convolutional neural networks to jointly optimize both synthesis and classification of 3D CT volumes. Extensive experiments on both in-house and external datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our framework for the diagnosis with incomplete data compared with state-of-the-art baselines. In particular, cancer subtype classification using the completed CT data by our method achieves higher performance than the classification using the given incomplete data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6093-6104
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 1

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  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • incomplete data
  • kidney cancer
  • medical image synthesis
  • subtype classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Health Information Management


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