Hyper-Pairing Network for Multi-Phase Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Segmentation
Yuyin Zhou, Yingwei Li, Zhishuai Zhang, Yan Wang, Angtian Wang, Elliot Fishman, Alan Yuille, Seyoun Park
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most lethal cancers with an overall five-year survival rate of 8%. Due to subtle texture changes of PDAC, pancreatic dual-phase imaging is recommended for better diagnosis of pancreatic disease. In this study, we aim at enhancing PDAC automatic segmentation by integrating multi-phase information (i.e., arterial phase and venous phase). To this end, we present Hyper-Pairing Network (HPN), a 3D fully convolution neural network which effectively integrates information from different phases. The proposed approach consists of a dual path network where the two parallel streams are interconnected with hyper-connections for intensive information exchange. Additionally, a pairing loss is added to encourage the commonality between high-level feature representations of different phases. Compared to prior arts which use single phase data, HPN reports a significant improvement up to 7.73% (from 56.21% to 63.94%) in terms of DSC.