Visual-Assisted Probe Movement Guidance for Obstetric Ultrasound Scanning Using Landmark Retrieval

Cheng Zhao, Richard Droste, Lior Drukker, Aris T. Papageorghiou, J. Alison Noble

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Abstract

Automated ultrasound (US)-probe movement guidance is desirable to assist inexperienced human operators during obstetric US scanning. In this paper, we present a new visual-assisted probe movement technique using automated landmark retrieval for assistive obstetric US scanning. In a first step, a set of landmarks is constructed uniformly around a virtual 3D fetal model. Then, during obstetric scanning, a deep neural network (DNN) model locates the nearest landmark through descriptor search between the current observation and landmarks. The global position cues are visualised in real-time on a monitor to assist the human operator in probe movement. A Transformer-VLAD network is proposed to learn a global descriptor to represent each US image. This method abandons the need for deep parameter regression to enhance the generalization ability of the network. To avoid prohibitively expensive human annotation, anchor-positive-negative US image-pairs are automatically constructed through a KD-tree search of 3D probe positions. This leads to an end-to-end network trained in a self-supervised way through contrastive learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2021 - 24th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsMarleen de Bruijne, Philippe C. Cattin, Stéphane Cotin, Nicolas Padoy, Stefanie Speidel, Yefeng Zheng, Caroline Essert
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages670-679
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030872366
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 27 Sep 20211 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12908 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period27/09/211/10/21

Keywords

  • Landmark retrieval
  • Obstetric US
  • Probe guidance

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