Automatic liver segmentation using an adversarial image-to-image network

Dong Yang, Daguang Xu, S. Kevin Zhou, Bogdan Georgescu, Mingqing Chen, Sasa Grbic, Dimitris Metaxas, Dorin Comaniciu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

77 Scopus citations


Automatic liver segmentation in 3D medical images is essential in many clinical applications, such as pathological diagnosis of hepatic diseases, surgical planning, and postoperative assessment. However, it is still a very challenging task due to the complex background, fuzzy boundary, and various appearance of liver. In this paper, we propose an automatic and efficient algorithm to segment liver from 3D CT volumes. A deep image-to-image network (DI2IN) is first deployed to generate the liver segmentation, employing a convolutional encoder-decoder architecture combined with multi-level feature concatenation and deep supervision. Then an adversarial network is utilized during training process to discriminate the output of DI2IN from ground truth, which further boosts the performance of DI2IN. The proposed method is trained on an annotated dataset of 1000 CT volumes with various different scanning protocols (e.g., contrast and non-contrast, various resolution and position) and large variations in populations (e.g., ages and pathology). Our approach outperforms the state-of-the-art solutions in terms of segmentation accuracy and computing efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention − MICCAI 2017 - 20th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsLena Maier-Hein, Alfred Franz, Pierre Jannin, Simon Duchesne, Maxime Descoteaux, D. Louis Collins
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319661780
StatePublished - 2017
Event20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Sep 11 2017Sep 13 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10435 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2017
CityQuebec City

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Automatic liver segmentation using an adversarial image-to-image network'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this