Automatic Labeling of MR Brain Images Through the Hashing Retrieval Based Atlas Forest
Software Engineering and Game Development
The multi-atlas method is one of the efficient and common automatic labeling method, which uses the prior information provided by expert-labeled images to guide the labeling of the target. However, most multi-atlas-based methods depend on the registration that may not give the correct information during the label propagation. To address the issue, we designed a new automatic labeling method through the hashing retrieval based atlas forest. The proposed method propagates labels without registration to reduce the errors, and constructs a target-oriented learning model to integrate information among the atlases. This method innovates a coarse classification strategy to preprocess the dataset, which retains the integrity of dataset and reduces computing time. Furthermore, the method considers each voxel in the atlas as a sample and encodes these samples with hashing for the fast sample retrieval. In the stage of labeling, the method selects suitable samples through hashing learning and trains atlas forests by integrating the information from the dataset. Then, the trained model is used to predict the labels of the target. Experimental results on two datasets illustrated that the proposed method is promising in the automatic labeling of MR brain images.
Journal of Medical Systems
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