Segmentation of head and neck tumours using modified U-net

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A new neural network for automatic head and neck cancer (HNC) segmentation from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is presented. The proposed neural network is based on U-net, which combines features from different resolutions to achieve end-to-end locating and segmentation of medical images. In this work, the dilated convolution is introduced into U-net, to obtain larger receptive field so that extract multi-scale features. Also, this network uses Dice loss to reduce the imbalance between classes. The proposed algorithm is trained and tested on real MRI data. The cross-validation results show that the new network outperformed the original Unet by 5% (Dice score) on head and neck tumour segmentation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2019
Event27th European Signal Processing Conference - A Coruna, Spain
Duration: 2 Sep 20196 Sep 2019


Conference27th European Signal Processing Conference
Abbreviated titleEUSIPCO 2019
CityA Coruna
Internet address


  • MRI data
  • head and neck cancer
  • U-net
  • dilated convolution
  • semantic segmentation

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    Zhao, B., Soraghan, J., Di Caterina, G., & Grose, D. (2019). Segmentation of head and neck tumours using modified U-net. Paper presented at 27th European Signal Processing Conference, A Coruna, Spain.