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Long-short diffeomorphism memory network for weakly-supervised ultrasound landmark tracking

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posted on 2024-03-08, 09:48 authored by Zhihua Liu, B Yang, Y Shen, X Ni, SA Tsaftaris, Huiyu Zhou

Ultrasound is a promising medical imaging modality benefiting from low-cost and real-time acquisition.  Accurate tracking of an anatomical landmark has been of high inter-est for various clinical workflows such as minimally invasive surgery and ultrasound-guided radiation therapy.  However, tracking an anatomical landmark accurately in ul-trasound video is very challenging, due to landmark deformation, visual ambiguity andpartial observation. In this paper, we propose a long-short diffeomorphism memory net-work (LSDM), which is a multi-task framework with an auxiliary learnable deformationprior to supporting accurate landmark tracking.  Specifically, we design a novel diffeo-morphic representation, which contains both long and short temporal information storedin separate memory banks for delineating motion margins and reducing cumulative er-rors.   We further propose an expectation maximization memory alignment (EMMA)algorithm to iteratively optimize both the long and short deformation memory, updatingthe  memory  queue  for  mitigating  local  anatomical  ambiguity.   The  proposed  multi-task system can be trained in a weakly-supervised manner,  which only requires fewlandmark annotations for tracking and zero annotation for deformation learning.  Weconduct extensive experiments on both public and private ultrasound landmark track-ing datasets.  Experimental results show that LSDM can achieve better or competitivelandmark tracking performance with a strong generalization capability across differentscanner types and different ultrasound modalities, compared with other state-of-the-artmethods.

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Author affiliation

College of Science & Engineering/Comp' & Math' Sciences

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Medical Image Analysis

Publisher

Elsevier

issn

1361-8423

Copyright date

2024

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Language

en

Deposited by

Professor Huiyu Zhou

Deposit date

2024-03-05

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