Utilizing GCN and Meta-Learning Strategy in Unsupervised Domain Adaptation for Pancreatic Cancer Segmentation
IEEE J Biomed Health Inform . 2021 May 31;PP. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2021.3085092. Online ahead of print.
Jun Li, Chaolu Feng, Xiaozhu Lin, Xiaohua Qian
Automated pancreatic cancer segmentation is highly crucial for computer-assisted diagnosis. The general practice is to label images from selected modalities since it is expensive to label all modalities. This practice brought about a significant interest in learning the knowledge transfer from the labeled modalities to unlabeled ones. However, the imaging parameter inconsistency between modalities leads to a domain shift, limiting the transfer learning performance. Therefore, we propose an unsupervised domain adaptation segmentation framework for pancreatic cancer based on GCN and meta-learning strategy. Our model first transforms the source image into a target-like visual appearance through the synergistic collaboration between image and feature adaptation. Specifically, we employ encoders incorporating adversarial learning to separate domain-invariant features from domain-specific ones to achieve visual appearance translation. Then, the meta-learning strategy with good generalization capabilities is exploited to strike a reasonable balance in the training of the source and transformed images. Thus, the model acquires more correlated features and improve the adaptability to the target images. Moreover, a GCN is introduced to supervise the high-dimensional abstract features directly related to the segmentation outcomes, and hence ensure the integrity of key structural features. Extensive experiments on four multi-parameter pancreatic-cancer magnetic resonance imaging datasets demonstrate improved performance in all adaptation directions, confirming our model's effectiveness for unlabeled pancreatic cancer images. The results are promising for reducing the burden of annotation and improving the performance of computer-aided diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Our source codes will be released at https://github.com/SJTUBME-QianLab/UDAseg, once this manuscript is accepted for publication.
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