Unsupervised domain adaptation for medical imaging segmentation with self-ensembling

Neuroimage. 2019 Jul 1:194:1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.026. Epub 2019 Mar 19.


Recent advances in deep learning methods have redefined the state-of-the-art for many medical imaging applications, surpassing previous approaches and sometimes even competing with human judgment in several tasks. Those models, however, when trained to reduce the empirical risk on a single domain, fail to generalize when applied to other domains, a very common scenario in medical imaging due to the variability of images and anatomical structures, even across the same imaging modality. In this work, we extend the method of unsupervised domain adaptation using self-ensembling for the semantic segmentation task and explore multiple facets of the method on a small and realistic publicly-available magnetic resonance (MRI) dataset. Through an extensive evaluation, we show that self-ensembling can indeed improve the generalization of the models even when using a small amount of unlabeled data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Unsupervised Machine Learning*