Pneumothorax Detection On Chest Radiographs: A Comparative Analysis Of Public Datasets, Deep Learning Architectures, And Domain Adaptation Via Iterative Self-Training

R. Kluge

Radboud University


In part I of this thesis, we show an open & transparent deep learning approach to pneumothorax detection. We combine various publicly available datasets that are accessible to anyone, giving us a verifiable multi-center approach. Even though we only train on public datasets, we achieve equal performance (AUC of 0.94) compared to state-of-the-art research that uses additional private datasets (Majkowska et al., 2020). Because all the datasets used in this research are public, we publish our model weights & algorithm1 and hope that future research can benefit from our work. Further, in part II we propose an unsupervised domain adaptation method - iterative self-training - that improves performance on an unseen dataset without the need for additional labelling (i.e. different hospital data). These results show an increase in performance (AUC 0.82 - 0.89) for pneumothorax detection on public datasets CheXpert - SIIM. This method was submitted to MIDL 2020 as a short paper (Appendix C). Finally, in part III we evaluate the complete pipeline including our iterative self-training method on a local private dataset of 28.207 images (RadboudCXR), and verify that iterative self-training successfully adapts to an unseen local dataset (AUC 0.87 - 0.92). We integrate the final algorithm using the grand-challenge platform and is publicly accessible for testing:

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