This training and inference pipeline was developed by NVIDIA. It is based on a segmentation and classification model developed by NVIDIA researchers in conjunction with the NIH. The Software is for Research Use Only. Software’s recommendation should not be solely or primarily relied upon to diagnose or treat COVID-19 by a Healthcare Professional. This research use only software has not been cleared or approved by FDA or any regulatory agency.
The model described in this card is used to segment the lung region from the 3D chest CT images.
The model is a deep neural network with 3D anisotropic hybrid network .
This model is developed by NVIDIA researchers in conjunction with the NIH. The segmentation of lung region is formulated as the voxel-wise binary classification. Each voxel is predicted as either foreground (lung) or background. And the model is optimized with gradient descent method minimizing soft dice loss  between the predicted mask and ground truth segmentation. The model is trained using four 16GB NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, and its pipeline is developed with NVIDIA Clara Train.
Primary use case intended for this model is lung segmentation for CT images with certain disease-related patterns. The model is for research purposes only.
3D CT volume with intensity in HU. Within the Clara Train pipeline for both training and inference, the images are preprocessed by “pre-transforms”  so that: 1) images are resampled to a resolution of 0.8x0.8x5 mm and 2) intensity is clipped to [-1500, 500] HU. For output, the mask predictions are resampled back to original resolution using “post-transform” . The actual input of the model is a cropped region-of-interest (ROI) with fixed size 224x224x32. The patches sampled from the CT volumes are fed into the network for training, and the sliding-window scheme is utilized to achieve segmentation of the entire CT at inference.
Binary mask of the lung region in the input image.
This model needs to be used with NVIDIA hardware and software. For hardware, the model can run on any NVIDIA GPU with memory greater than 12 GB. For software, this model can be used with NVIDIA Clara Train.
This model was trained on a global dataset with a large experimental cohort collected from across the globe. The CT volumes of 95 independent subjects with experts’ lung region annotation were used as training and validation sets.
Dice score is used for evaluating the performance of the model. On the validation set, the trained model achieved 95% on average (range 0.85-0.99, stdev 0.06).
The model is trained specifically for addressing GGO/consolidation patterns, thus may not universally cover all conditions, or work ideally for other types of disease patterns.
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