Hierarchical Spatial Pyramid Network for Cervical Precancerous Segmentation by Reconstructing Deep Segmentation Networks
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women aged 20 to 39 years, which emphasizes the importance of cervical precancerous diagnosis and treatment. Although there are many attempts on medical image processing, the research on the automatic diagnosis of cervical precancerous pathology is still scarce. In this paper, a challenging end-to-end automatic segmentation task for cervical precancerous diagnosis is focused. Specifically, considering that the diagnosis of cervical lesions relies heavily on spatial information, a hierarchical spatial pyramid network (HSP-Net) is proposed to enhance the representation ability of cervical structural features. First, a vertical hierarchical spatial pyramid (V-HSP) network is devised to aggregate the multiscale information during the feature extraction of the encoder. Second, a horizontal hierarchical spatial pyramid (H-HSP) network is designed to fuse information of multiscale receptive fields before and after cascading features from different branches. Experiments on the public dataset MTCHI demonstrate that HSP-Net achieves the state-of-the-art performance, reflecting the potential to assist doctors and patients clinically.