IDDF2018-ABS-0260 Deep learning for polyp segmentation

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Colorectal cancer is one of the commonest malignancies which threaten the health of human. Most of the colorectal cancers arise from adenomatous polyps, screening for this cancer is effective not only for early detection but also for prevention. Endoscopic examination is an important way to reveal polyps. At present, the main limitation of colonoscopy is the high polyp miss rate. This study aims to improve the accuracy of detection and save doctors’ time with deep learning techniques.


The data we used is a combination of CVC-ColonDB and CVC-ClinicDB which contains 912 images with associated polyps. We treat the rest part of a colonoscopy image except polys as background. Convolutional networks are applied to polyp localization and segmentation. There are three different architectures which include FCN, SegNet and modified ResNet. We trained convolutional networks with these architectures respectively and evaluated these models based on Intersection over Union (IoU) and accuracy.


The segmentation results on the test set are reported in table 1 and the accuracy of three architectures is greater than 90%. Results achieved in SegNet and modified ResNet are very encouraging, with a IoU higher than 50% for polyps. IDDF2018-ABS-0260 Figure 1 shows qualitative results of three architectures. It can be seen that all of them recognise the location of polyp successfully and rows 2 and 3 show finer boundaries. The results are reported on test set


Compare to traditional time-consuming hand-crafted segmentation methods, when considering polyp segmentation, approaches based on deep learning are time-saving and effective, showing good results in colonoscopy images. Given that three architectures we mentioned above not only performs well but also allows for nearly real-time processing, it has a great potential in polyp localization and segmentation.

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