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Direct Estimation of Choroidal Thickness in Optical Coherence Tomography Images with Convolutional Neural Networks

  • rong;, yibiao
Publication Date
Jun 04, 2022
DOI: 10.3390/jcm11113203
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Automatic and accurate estimation of choroidal thickness plays a very important role in a computer-aided system for eye diseases. One of the most common methods for automatic estimation of choroidal thickness is segmentation-based methods, in which the boundaries of the choroid are first detected from optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. The choroidal thickness is then computed based on the detected boundaries. A shortcoming in the segmentation-based methods is that the estimating precision greatly depends on the segmentation results. To avoid the dependence on the segmentation step, in this paper, we propose a direct method based on convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for estimating choroidal thickness without segmentation. Concretely, a B-scan image is first cropped into several patches. A trained CNN model is then used to estimate the choroidal thickness for each patch. The mean thickness of the choroid in the B-scan is obtained by taking the average of the choroidal thickness on each patch. Then, 150 OCT volumes are collected to evaluate the proposed method. The experiments show that the results obtained by the proposed method are very competitive with those obtained by segmentation-based methods, which indicates that direct estimation of choroidal thickness is very promising.

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