Deep embeddings for novelty detection in myopathy

Philippe Burlina, Neil Joshi, Seth Billings, I. Jeng Wang, Jemima Albayda

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We address the challenge of finding anomalies in ultrasound images via deep learning, specifically applying this to screening for myopathies and finding rare presentations of myopathic disease. Among myopathic diseases, this study focuses on the use case of myositis given the spectrum of muscle involvement seen in these inflammatory muscle diseases, as well as the potential for treatment. For this study, we have developed a fully annotated dataset (called “Myositis3K”) which includes 3586 images of eighty-nine individuals (35 control and 54 with myositis) acquired with informed consent. We approach this challenge as one of performing unsupervised novelty detection (ND), and use tools leveraging deep embeddings combined with several novelty scoring methods. We evaluated these various ND algorithms and compared their performance against human clinician performance, against other methods including supervised binary classification approaches, and against unsupervised novelty detection approaches using generative methods. Our best performing approach resulted in a (ROC) AUC (and 95% CI error margin) of 0.7192 (0.0164), which is a promising baseline for developing future clinical tools for unsupervised prescreening of myopathies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Deep embeddings
  • Deep learning
  • Muscular diseases
  • Novelty detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics


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