Automated detection and quantification of residual brain tumor using an interactive computer-aided detection scheme

Kevin P. Gaffney, Faranak Aghaei, James Battiste, Bin Zheng

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Detection of residual brain tumor is important to evaluate efficacy of brain cancer surgery, determine optimal strategy of further radiation therapy if needed, and assess ultimate prognosis of the patients. Brain MR is a commonly used imaging modality for this task. In order to distinguish between residual tumor and surgery induced scar tissues, two sets of MRI scans are conducted pre- and post-gadolinium contrast injection. The residual tumors are only enhanced in the post-contrast injection images. However, subjective reading and quantifying this type of brain MR images faces difficulty in detecting real residual tumor regions and measuring total volume of the residual tumor. In order to help solve this clinical difficulty, we developed and tested a new interactive computer-aided detection scheme, which consists of three consecutive image processing steps namely, 1) segmentation of the intracranial region, 2) image registration and subtraction, 3) tumor segmentation and refinement. The scheme also includes a specially designed and implemented graphical user interface (GUI) platform. When using this scheme, two sets of pre- and post-contrast injection images are first automatically processed to detect and quantify residual tumor volume. Then, a user can visually examine segmentation results and conveniently guide the scheme to correct any detection or segmentation errors if needed. The scheme has been repeatedly tested using five cases. Due to the observed high performance and robustness of the testing results, the scheme is currently ready for conducting clinical studies and helping clinicians investigate the association between this quantitative image marker and outcome of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2017
Subtitle of host publicationComputer-Aided Diagnosis
ISBN (Electronic)9781510607132
StatePublished - 2017
EventMedical Imaging 2017: Computer-Aided Diagnosis - Orlando, United States
Duration: Feb 13 2017Feb 16 2017


OtherMedical Imaging 2017: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Brain MRI
  • Detection of residual brain tumor
  • Interactive computer-aided detection (ICAD)
  • Quantitative MR image marker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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