Cross-Device Cross-Anatomy Adaptation Network for Ultrasound Video Analysis
Chen Q., Liu Y., Hu Y., Self A., Papageorghiou A., Noble JA.
© 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Domain adaptation is an active area of current medical image analysis research. In this paper, we present a cross-device and cross-anatomy adaptation network (CCAN) for automatically annotating fetal anomaly ultrasound video. In our approach, deep learning models trained on more widely available expert-acquired and manually-labeled free-hand ultrasound video from a high-end ultrasound machine are adapted to a particular scenario where limited and unlabeled ultrasound videos are collected using a simplified sweep protocol suitable for less-experienced users with a low-cost probe. This unsupervised domain adaptation problem is interesting as there are two domain variations between the datasets: (1) cross-device image appearance variation due to using different transducers; and (2) cross-anatomy variation because the simplified scanning protocol does not necessarily contain standard views seen in typical free-hand scanning video. By introducing a novel structure-aware adversarial training module to learn the cross-device variation, together with a novel selective adaptation module to accommodate cross-anatomy variation domain transfer is achieved. Learning from a dataset of high-end machine clinical video and expert labels, we demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed method in anatomy classification on the unlabeled sweep data acquired using the non-expert and low-cost ultrasound probe protocol. Experimental results show that, when cross-device variations are learned and reduced only, CCAN significantly improves the mean recognition accuracy by 20.8% and 10.0%, compared to a method without domain adaptation and a state-of-the-art adaptation method, respectively. When both the cross-device and cross-anatomy variations are reduced, CCAN improves the mean recognition accuracy by a statistically significant 20% compared with these other state-of-the-art adaptation methods.