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A performance comparison of low- and high-level features learned by deep convolutional neural networks in epithelium and stroma classification
Author(s): Yue Du; Roy Zhang; Abolfazl Zargari; Theresa C. Thai; Camille C. Gunderson; Katherine M. Moxley; Hong Liu; Bin Zheng; Yuchen Qiu
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Paper Abstract

Deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) based transfer learning is an effective tool to reduce the dependence on hand-crafted features for handling medical classification problems, which may mitigate the problem of the insufficient training caused by the limited sample size. In this study, we investigated the discrimination power of the features at different CNN levels for the task of classifying epithelial and stromal regions on digitized pathologic slides which are prepared from breast cancer tissue. We extracted the low level and high level features from four different deep CNN architectures namely, AlexNet, Places365-AlexNet, VGG, and GoogLeNet. These features are used as input to train and optimize different classifiers including support vector machine (SVM), random forest (RF), and k-nearest neighborhood (KNN). A number of 15000 regions of interest (ROIs) acquired from the public database are employed to conduct this study. The result was observed that the low-level features of AlexNet, Places365-AlexNet and VGG outperformed the high-level ones, but the situation is in the opposite direction when the GoogLeNet is applied. Moreover, the best accuracy was achieved as 89.7% by the relatively deep layer of max pool 4 of GoogLeNet. In summary, our extensive empirical evaluation may suggest that it is viable to extend the use of transfer learning to the development of high-performance detection and diagnosis systems for medical imaging tasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10581, Medical Imaging 2018: Digital Pathology, 1058116 (6 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2292840
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Yue Du, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Roy Zhang, The Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Ctr. (United States)
Abolfazl Zargari, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Theresa C. Thai, The Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Ctr. (United States)
Camille C. Gunderson, The Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Ctr. (United States)
Katherine M. Moxley, The Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Ctr. (United States)
Hong Liu, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Bin Zheng, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Yuchen Qiu, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10581:
Medical Imaging 2018: Digital Pathology
John E. Tomaszewski; Metin N. Gurcan, Editor(s)

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