Direct detection of pixel-level myocardial infarction areas via a deep-learning algorithm

Chenchu Xu, Lei Xu, Zhifan Gao, Shen zhao, Heye Zhang, Yanping Zhang, Xiuquan Du, Shu Zhao, Dhanjoo Ghista, Shuo Li

Accurate detection of the myocardial infarction (MI) area is crucial for early diagnosis planning and follow-up management. In this study, we propose an end-to-end deep-learning algorithm framework (OF-RNN ) to accurately detect the MI area at the pixel level. Our OF-RNN consists of three different function layers: the heart localization layers, which can accurately and automatically crop the region-of-interest (ROI) sequences, including the left ventricle, using the whole cardiac magnetic resonance image sequences; the motion statistical layers, which are used to build a time-series architecture to capture two types of motion features (at the pixel-level) by integrating the local motion features generated by long short-term memory-recurrent neural networks and the global motion features generated by deep optical flows from the whole ROI sequence, which can effectively characterize myocardial physiologic function; and the fully connected discriminate layers, which use stacked auto-encoders to further learn these features, and they use a softmax classifier to build the correspondences from the motion features to the tissue identities (infarction or not) for each pixel. Through the seamless connection of each layer, our OF-RNN can obtain the area, position, and shape of the MI for each patient. Our proposed framework yielded an overall classification accuracy of 94.35% at the pixel level, from 114 clinical subjects. These results indicate the potential of our proposed method in aiding standardized MI assessments.

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