Learning-based Patch-wise Metal Segmentation with Consistency Check
Tristan M. Gottschalk, Andreas Maier, Florian Kordon, Björn W. Kreher
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Mustererkennung
Metal implants that are inserted into the patient's body during trauma interventions cause heavy artifacts in 3D X-ray acquisitions. Metal Artifact Reduction (MAR) methods, whose first step is always a segmentation of the present metal objects, try to remove these artifacts. Thereby, the segmentation is a crucial task which has strong in uence on the MAR's outcome. This study proposes and evaluates a learningbased patch-wise segmentation network and a newly proposed Consistency Check as post-processing step. The combination of the learned segmentation and Consistency Check reaches a high segmentation performance with an average IoU score of 0.924 on the test set. Furthermore, the Consistency Check proves the ability to significantly reduce false positive segmentations whilst simultaneously ensuring consistent segmentations.
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