Research Line of Medical Image Analysis

Deep Learning for Image-Guided Therapies

Surgical and radiotherapy treatments increasingly rely on images of the patient acquired using for example computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Such images can for example be used for virtual treatment planning and surgical guidance, as well as for evaluation of the treatment response. It is therefore not surprising that the need for need for smart algorithms to process these images is rapidly increasing as well.

This research line focuses on developing and evaluating novel deep learning approaches to reconstruct and process medical images, thereby enabling the use of personalized, image-guided treatments on a larger scale. Deep learning has already shown great potential to improve the reconstruction of images from raw measurements, automatically delineate anatomical structures, and enable fast registration of medical images. Before such deep learning approaches can be adopted in clinical settings, various questions still need to be answered. How can we collect sufficient amounts of labelled imaging data to train deep learning methods? And how can we ensure the robustness of these methods across different imaging modalities, scanner settings and patient populations?

Current research topics include:

  • Low-dose (cone-beam) CT imaging and deep learning-based image reconstruction
  • Deep learning for deformable image registration
  • Deep learning for image segmentation
  • Applications in surgical navigation and robotics, virtual treatment planning, 3D printing, and adaptive radiotherapy