We report parallel-trained deep neural networks for automated endoscopic OCT image segmentation feasible even with a limited training data set. These U-Net-based deep neural networks were trained using a modified dice loss function and manual segmentations of ultrahigh-resolution cross-sectional images collected by an 800 nm OCT endoscopic system. The method was tested on in vivo guinea pig esophagus images. Results showed its robust layer segmentation capability with a boundary error of 1.4 µm insensitive to lay topology disorders. To further illustrate its clinical potential, the method was applied to differentiating in vivo OCT esophagus images from an eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) model and its control group, and the results clearly demonstrated quantitative changes in the top esophageal layers’ thickness in the EOE model.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics