Clinical tooth segmentation based on local enhancement

Front Mol Biosci. 2022 Oct 11;9:932348. doi: 10.3389/fmolb.2022.932348. eCollection 2022.


The tooth arrangements of human beings are challenging to accurately observe when relying on dentists' naked eyes, especially for dental caries in children, which is difficult to detect. Cone-beam computer tomography (CBCT) is used as an auxiliary method to measure patients' teeth, including children. However, subjective and irreproducible manual measurements are required during this process, which wastes much time and energy for the dentists. Therefore, a fast and accurate tooth segmentation algorithm that can replace repeated calculations and annotations in manual segmentation has tremendous clinical significance. This study proposes a local contextual enhancement model for clinical dental CBCT images. The local enhancement model, which is more suitable for dental CBCT images, is proposed based on the analysis of the existing contextual models. Then, the local enhancement model is fused into an encoder-decoder framework for dental CBCT images. At last, extensive experiments are conducted to validate our method.

Keywords: ASPP; CNN; decoder; local enhancement; tooth segmentation.