Fully convolutional boundary regression for retina OCT segmentation

Yufan He, Aaron Carass, Yihao Liu, Bruno M. Jedynak, Sharon D. Solomon, Shiv Saidha, Peter A. Calabresi, Jerry L. Prince

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10 Scopus citations


A major goal of analyzing retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) images is retinal layer segmentation. Accurate automated algorithms for segmenting smooth continuous layer surfaces, with correct hierarchy (topology) are desired for monitoring disease progression. State-of-the-art methods use a trained classifier to label each pixel into background, layer, or surface pixels. The final step of extracting the desired smooth surfaces with correct topology are mostly performed by graph methods (e.g. shortest path, graph cut). However, manually building a graph with varying constraints by retinal region and pathology and solving the minimization with specialized algorithms will degrade the flexibility and time efficiency of the whole framework. In this paper, we directly model the distribution of surface positions using a deep network with a fully differentiable soft argmax to obtain smooth, continuous surfaces in a single feed forward operation. A special topology module is used in the deep network both in the training and testing stages to guarantee the surface topology. An extra deep network output branch is also used for predicting lesion and layers in a pixel-wise labeling scheme. The proposed method was evaluated on two publicly available data sets of healthy controls, subjects with multiple sclerosis, and diabetic macular edema; it achieves state-of-the art sub-pixel results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2019 - 22nd International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsDinggang Shen, Pew-Thian Yap, Tianming Liu, Terry M. Peters, Ali Khan, Lawrence H. Staib, Caroline Essert, Sean Zhou
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030322380
StatePublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2019 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: Oct 13 2019Oct 17 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11764 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference22nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2019


  • Deep learning segmentation
  • Retina OCT
  • Surface segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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