Do we really need all these preprocessing steps in brain MRI segmentation?

Ekaterina Kondrateva, Polina Druzhinina, Anvar Kurmukov

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data is heterogeneous due to the differences in device manufacturers, scanning protocols, and inter-subject variability. Although preprocessing pipeline standardizes image appearance, its influence on the quality of image segmentation on deep neural networks (DNN) has never been rigorously studied. Here we report a comprehensive study of multimodal MRI brain cancer image segmentation on TCIA-GBM open-source dataset. Our results that the most popular standardization steps add no value to artificial neural network performance; moreover, preprocessing can hamper model performance. We show that the only essential transformation for accurate analysis is the unification of voxel spacing across the dataset.
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Wednesday 6th July
Poster Session 1.2 - onsite 11:00 - 12:00, virtual 15:20 - 16:20 (UTC+2)
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