Incorporating Temporal Prior from Motion Flow for Instrument Segmentation in Minimally Invasive Surgery Video
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AbstractAutomatic instrument segmentation in video is an essentially fundamental yet challenging problem for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. In this paper, we propose a novel framework to leverage instrument motion information, by incorporating a derived temporal prior to an attention pyramid network for accurate segmentation. Our inferred prior can provide reliable indication of the instrument location and shape, which is propagated from the previous frame to the current frame according to inter-frame motion flow. This prior is injected to the middle of an encoder-decoder segmentation network as an initialization of a pyramid of attention modules, to explicitly guide segmentation output from coarse to fine. In this way, the temporal dynamics and the attention network can effectively complement and benefit each other. As additional usage, our temporal prior enables semi-supervised learning with periodically unlabeled video frames, simply by reverse execution. We extensively validate our method on the public 2017 MICCAI EndoVis Robotic Instrument Segmentation Challenge dataset with three different tasks. Our method consistently exceeds the state-of-the-art results across all three tasks by a large margin. Our semi-supervised variant also demonstrates a promising potential for reducing annotation cost in the clinical practice.
Acceptance Date30/06/2019
All Author(s) ListYueming Jin, Keyun Cheng, Qi Dou, Pheng-Ann Heng
Name of ConferenceMICCAI 2019
Start Date of Conference13/10/2019
End Date of Conference17/10/2019
Place of ConferenceShenzhen, China
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
Proceedings TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Year2019
Month10
Volume Number11768
Pages440 - 448
ISBN978-303032253-3
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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