Medical-based Deep Curriculum Learning for Improved Fracture Classification

  • Authors
  • Jiménez A, Mateus D, Kirchhoff S, Kirchhoff S, Biberthaler P, Navab N, González Ballester MA, Piella G
  • UPF authors
  • PIELLA FENOY, GEMA; JIMENEZ SANCHEZ, AMELIA; GONZALEZ BALLESTER, MIGUEL ANGEL;
  • Type
  • Scholarly articles
  • Journal títle
  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence
  • Publication year
  • 2019
  • Volume
  • 11769
  • Pages
  • 694-702
  • ISSN
  • 0302-9743
  • Publication State
  • Published
  • Abstract
  • Current deep-learning based methods do not easily integrate to clinical protocols, neither take full advantage of medical knowledge. In this work, we propose and compare several strategies relying on curriculum learning, to support the classification of proximal femur fracture from X-ray images, a challenging problem as reflected by existing intra- and inter-expert disagreement. Our strategies are derived from knowledge such as medical decision trees and inconsistencies in the annotations of multiple experts, which allows us to assign a degree of difficulty to each training sample. We demonstrate that if we start learning ¿easy¿ examples and move towards ¿hard¿, the model can reach a better performance, even with fewer data. The evaluation is performed on the classification of a clinical dataset of about 1000 X-ray images. Our results show that, compared to class-uniform and random strategies, the proposed medical knowledge-based curriculum, performs up to 15% better in terms of accuracy, achieving the performance of experienced trauma surgeons.
  • Complete citation
  • Jiménez A, Mateus D, Kirchhoff S, Kirchhoff S, Biberthaler P, Navab N, González Ballester MA, Piella G. Medical-based Deep Curriculum Learning for Improved Fracture Classification. Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence 2019; 11769( ): 694-702.
Bibliometric indicators
  • Índex Scimago de 0.427(2019)