Semi-supervised Segmentation of Liver Using Adversarial Learning with Deep Atlas Prior

  • Han Zheng
  • Lanfen LinEmail author
  • Hongjie HuEmail author
  • Qiaowei Zhang
  • Qingqing Chen
  • Yutaro Iwamoto
  • Xianhua Han
  • Yen-Wei ChenEmail author
  • Ruofeng Tong
  • Jian Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11769)


Medical image segmentation is one of the most important steps in computer-aided intervention and diagnosis. Although deep learning-based segmentation methods have achieved great success in computer vision domain, there are still several challenges in medical image domain. In comparison with natural images, medical image databases are usually small because the annotation is extremely time-consuming and requires expert knowledge. Thus, effective use of unannotated data is essential for medical image segmentation. On the other hand, medical images have many anatomical priors in comparison to non-medical images such as the shape and position of organs. Incorporating the anatomical prior knowledge in deep learning is a vital issue for accurate medical image segmentation. To address these two problems, in this paper we proposed a semi-supervised adversarial learning model with Deep Atlas Prior (DAP) to improve the accuracy of liver segmentation in CT images. We trained the semi-supervised adversarial learning model using both annotated and unannotated images. The DAP, which is based on the probability atlas of organ (liver) and contains prior information such as the shape and position, is combined with the conventional focal loss to aid segmentation. We call the combined loss as Bayesian loss and the conventional focal loss that utilizes the predicted probabilities of training data in the previous learning epoch as a likelihood loss. Experiments on ISBI LiTS 2017 challenge dataset showed that the performance of the semi-supervised network was significantly improved by incorporating with DAP.


Liver segmentation Semi-supervised Deep Atlas Prior Adversarial learning 



This work was supported in part by Major Scientific Research Project of Zhejiang Lab under the Grant No. 2018DG0ZX01, in part by the Key Science and Technology Innovation Support Program of Hangzhou under the Grant No. 20172011A038, and in part by the Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese Ministry for Education, Science, Culture and Sports (MEXT) under the Grant No. 18H03267 and No. 17H00754.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Computer Science and TechnologyZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySir Run Run Shaw HospitalHangzhouChina
  3. 3.College of Information Science and EngineeringRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsuJapan
  4. 4.Zhejiang LabHangzhouChina

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