Focus, Segment and Erase: An Efficient Network for Multi-Label Brain Tumor Segmentation

Xuan Chen, Jun Hao Liew, Wei Xiong, Chee-Kong Chui, Sim-Heng Ong; The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 654-669


In multi-label brain tumor segmentation, class imbalance and inter-class interference are common and challenging problems. In this paper, we propose a novel end-to-end trainable network named FSENet to address the aforementioned issues. The proposed FSENet has a tumor region pooling component to restrict the prediction within the tumor region (``focus"), thus mitigating the influence of the dominant non-tumor region. Furthermore, the network decomposes the more challenging multi-label brain tumor segmentation problem into several simpler binary segmentation tasks (``segment"), where each task focuses on a specific tumor tissue. To alleviate inter-class interference, we adopt a simple yet effective idea in our work: we erase the segmented regions before proceeding to further segmentation of tumor tissue (``erase"), thus reduces competition among different tumor classes. Our single-model FSENet ranks 3rd on the multi-modal brain tumor segmentation benchmark 2015 (BraTS 2015) without relying on ensembles or complicated post-processing steps.

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author = {Chen, Xuan and Hao Liew, Jun and Xiong, Wei and Chui, Chee-Kong and Ong, Sim-Heng},
title = {Focus, Segment and Erase: An Efficient Network for Multi-Label Brain Tumor Segmentation},
booktitle = {The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}