Residual semantic segmentation of the prostate from magnetic resonance images

Md Sazzad Hossain, Andrew P. Paplinski, John M. Betts

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The diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer requires the accurate segmentation of the prostate in Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI). Manual segmentation is currently the most accurate method of performing this task. However, this requires specialist knowledge, and is time consuming. To overcome these limitations, we demonstrate an automatic segmentation of the prostate region in MRI images using a VGG19-based fully convolutional neural network. This new network, VGG19RSeg, identifies a region of interest in the image using semantic segmentation, that is, a pixel-wise classification of the content of the input image. Although several studies have applied fully convolutional neural networks to medical image segmentation tasks, our study introduces two new forms of residual connections (remote and neighbouring) which increases the accuracy of segmentation over the basic architecture. Our results, using this new architecture, show that the proposed VGG19RSeg can achieve a mean Dice Similarity Coefficient of 94.57%, making it more accurate than comparable methods reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeural Information Processing
Subtitle of host publication25th International Conference, ICONIP 2018 Siem Reap, Cambodia, December 13–16, 2018 Proceedings, Part VII
EditorsLong Cheng, Andrew Chi Sing Leung, Seiichi Ozawa
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030042394
ISBN (Print)9783030042387
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Conference on Neural Information Processing 2018 - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 13 Dec 201816 Dec 2018
Conference number: 25th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Neural Information Processing 2018
Abbreviated titleICONIP 2018
CitySiem Reap
Internet address


  • Deep convolutional neural networks
  • MRI images
  • Prostate
  • Semantic segmentation

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