FetReg: Placental Vessel Segmentation and Registration in Fetoscopy Challenge Dataset

Sophia Bano, Alessandro Casella, Francisco Vasconcelos, Sara Moccia, George Attilakos, Ruwan Wimalasundera, Anna L. David, Dario Paladini, Jan Deprest, Leonardo S. Mattos, Danail Stoyanov

Fetoscopy laser photocoagulation is a widely used procedure for the treatment of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), that occur in mono-chorionic multiple pregnancies due to placental vascular anastomoses. This procedure is particularly challenging due to limited field of view, poor manoeuvrability of the fetoscope, poor visibility due to fluid turbidity, variability in light source, and unusual position of the placenta. This may lead to increased procedural time and incomplete ablation, resulting in persistent TTTS. Computer-assisted intervention may help overcome these challenges by expanding the fetoscopic field of view through video mosaicking and providing better visualization of the vessel network. However, the research and development in this domain remain limited due to unavailability of high-quality data to encode the intra- and inter-procedure variability. Through the Fetoscopic Placental Vessel Segmentation and Registration (FetReg) challenge, we present a large-scale multi-centre dataset for the development of generalized and robust semantic segmentation and video mosaicking algorithms for the fetal environment with a focus on creating drift-free mosaics from long duration fetoscopy videos. In this paper, we provide an overview of the FetReg dataset, challenge tasks, evaluation metrics and baseline methods for both segmentation and registration. Baseline methods results on the FetReg dataset shows that our dataset poses interesting challenges, which can be modelled and competed for through our crowd-sourcing initiative of the FetReg challenge.

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