Development of a multipotent diagnostic tool for chest X-rays by multi-object detection method

Minji Kang, Tai Joon An, Deokjae Han, Wan Seo, Kangwon Cho, Shinbum Kim, Jun Pyo Myong, Sung Won Han

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The computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) for chest X-rays was developed more than 50 years ago. However, there are still unmet needs for its versatile use in our medical fields. We planned this study to develop a multipotent CAD model suitable for general use including in primary care areas. We planned this study to solve the problem by using computed tomography (CT) scan with its one-to-one matched chest X-ray dataset. The data was extracted and preprocessed by pulmonology experts by using the bounding boxes to locate lesions of interest. For detecting multiple lesions, multi-object detection by faster R-CNN and by RetinaNet was adopted and compared. A total of twelve diagnostic labels were defined as the followings: pleural effusion, atelectasis, pulmonary nodule, cardiomegaly, consolidation, emphysema, pneumothorax, chemo-port, bronchial wall thickening, reticular opacity, pleural thickening, and bronchiectasis. The Faster R-CNN model showed higher overall sensitivity than RetinaNet, nevertheless the values of specificity were opposite. Some values such as cardiomegaly and chemo-port showed excellent sensitivity (100.0%, both). Others showed that the unique results such as bronchial wall thickening, reticular opacity, and pleural thickening can be described in the chest area. As far as we know, this is the first study to develop an object detection model for chest X-rays based on chest area defined by CT scans in one-to-one matched manner, preprocessed and conducted by a group of experts in pulmonology. Our model can be a potential tool for detecting the whole chest area with multiple diagnoses from a simple X-ray that is routinely taken in most clinics and hospitals on daily basis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19130
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

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