Multi-task learning to improve performance consistency in mammogram classification

Mickael Tardy, Diana Mateus

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Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer amongst women. Its regular screening, often based on mammograms, significantly reduces the mortality. Deep learning has shown good performances in coping with screening-generated imaging data, however there are still open questions related to the imbalance, noisiness, and heterogeneity of the data. We propose to address these challenges with Multi-Task Learning, combining tasks such as classification, regression, segmentation, and reconstruction. Our approach allows to obtain consistent performances of AUC $\approx 0.80$ across different vendors (including those unknown during training) on the primary breast cancer classification task, while fulfilling well secondary tasks including an $F_1$ score of $0.96$ on 4-class vendor classification, and $F_1$ score of 0.64 on 4-class density classification.
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Thursday 7th July
Poster Session 2.2 - onsite 11:00 - 12:00, virtual 15:20 - 16:20 (UTC+2)
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