Segmentation of Fetal Adipose Tissue Using Efficient CNNs for Portable Ultrasound

  • Sagar Vaze
  • Ana I. L. NambureteEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11076)


Adipose tissue mass has been shown to have a strong correlation with fetal nourishment, which has consequences on health in infancy and later life. In rural areas of developing nations, ultrasound has the potential to be the key imaging modality due to its portability and cost. However, many ultrasound image analysis algorithms are not compatibly portable, with many taking several minutes to compute on modern CPUs.

The contributions of this work are threefold. Firstly, by adapting the popular U-Net, we show that CNNs can achieve excellent results in fetal adipose segmentation from ultrasound images. We then propose a reduced model, U-Ception, facilitating deployment of the algorithm on mobile devices. The U-Ception network provides a 98.4% reduction in model size for a 0.6% reduction in segmentation accuracy (mean Dice coefficient). We also demonstrate the clinical applicability of the work, showing that CNNs can be used to predict a trend between gestational age and adipose area.



The authors are grateful for support from the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Engineering for Development Research Fellowship scheme, and the INTERGROWTH-21\(^\text {st}\) Consortium for provision of 3D fetal US image data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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