Presenter Dr. Charlie Alexander Hamm of Charité University Medicine Berlin in Germany and colleagues trained a deep-learning model to detect target lesions within the segmented prostate and then classify them as prostate cancer or benign. It also justifies its predictions with the use of PI-RADS imaging features.
After detecting the target lesion and producing a voxel-wise prediction score, the algorithm then generates a color map overlay on the T2-weighted axial sequence for the radiologist.
"Thereby, it overcomes the traditional black box design of previous deep neural networks by explaining and visualizing its decision-making using PI-RADS imaging features in a custom interface," the authors wrote.
In testing, the software yielded 85% accuracy, 81% sensitivity, 87% specificity, and an area under the curve of 0.90 for classifying prostate cancer and benign lesions. What's more, it identified 11 PI-RADS imaging features with an average accuracy of 84%, sensitivity of 81%, and specificity of 76%.
"This explainable [deep-learning system] approach for prostate MRI provides a transparent decision-support tool for radiologists, which can potentially enhance the acceptance and facilitate the translation of artificial intelligence into the clinical routine," the authors wrote.
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