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Abstract #2574

Ultrafast Skull Stripping of Mouse Brain Multi-Modality MR Images Using Deep Learning with Knowledge Transfer

Ziqi Yu1, Yuting Zhai1, Wenjing Xu1, Xiang Chen1, and Xiao-Yong Zhang1
1Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Skull stripping of the mouse brain on MR images is a crucial step for rodent neuroimaging preprocessing. The traditional methods for this task are time-consuming. To solve the problem, we present a deep learning model, U-Net with Nonlocal Position-aware (NPA) block using domain knowledge transfer. The results demonstrated that our end-to-end method achieves high dice scores in several MR modalities with ultrafast processing speed which is two orders of magnitude faster than atlas-based methods. To conclude, our automatic skull stripping approach may provide an alternative to previous complex preprocessing pipelines for high-throughput rodent neuroimaging applications.

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