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Multivendor fully automatic uncertainty management approaches for the intuitive representation of DME fluid accumulations in OCT images

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Diabetes represents one of the main causes of blindness in developed countries, caused by fluid accumulations in the retinal layers. The clinical literature defines the different types of diabetic macular edema (DME) as cystoid macular edema (CME), diffuse retinal thickening (DRT), and serous retinal detachment (SRD), each with its own clinical relevance. These fluid accumulations do not present defined borders that facilitate segmentational approaches (specially the DRT type, usually not taken into account by the state of the art for this reason) so a diffuse paradigm is used for its detection and visualization. In this paper, we propose three novel approaches for the representation and characterization of these types of DME. A baseline proposal, using a convolutional neural network as backbone, another based on transfer learning from a general domain, and a third approach exploiting information of regions without a defined label. Overall, our baseline proposal obtained an AUC of 0...

A new generative approach for optical coherence tomography data scarcity: unpaired mutual conversion between scanning presets

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In optical coherence tomography (OCT), there is a trade-off between the scanning time and image quality, leading to a scarcity of high quality data. OCT platforms provide different scanning presets, producing visually distinct images, limiting their compatibility. In this work, a fully automatic methodology for the unpaired visual conversion of the two most prevalent scanning presets is proposed. Using contrastive unpaired translation generative adversarial architectures, low quality images acquired with the faster Macular Cube preset can be converted to the visual style of high visibility Seven Lines scans and vice-versa. This modifies the visual appearance of the OCT images generated by each preset while preserving natural tissue structure. The quality of original and synthetic generated images was compared using BRISQUE. The synthetic generated images achieved very similar scores to original images of their target preset. The generative models were validated in automatic and expe...

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