Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Not specified
Title: Big Data : machine learning to identify shape biomarkers in intracranial aneurysm
Authors: Hirsch, Sven
Juchler, Norman
Schilling, Sabine
Bijlenga, Philippe
Rüfenacht, Daniel
Conference details: Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering (SSBE), Winterthur, 30 August 2017
Issue Date: 30-Aug-2017
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 006: Special computer methods
616: Internal medicine and diseases
Abstract: An intracranial aneurysm is a disease of the cerebral blood vessel wall resulting in the deformation and enlargement of the vascular lumen. If the process of deformation remains active, the vessel wall may either rupture and produce a hemorrhage, or thrombosis and ischemia may occur. Although statistically safe, some IAs do rupture. The physician needs to decide what to do for the individual patient. Obviously, an aneurysm should only be treated if the treatment is less risky than the aneurysm itself. So far, no accepted criteria exist for individual assessment of aneurysm stability and there are no clear treatment guidelines. Consequently, there is currently no validated tool to help predict development or treatment outcomes for an individual aneurysm and physicians rely solely on their personal judgment. The AneuX consortium collects a comprehensive number of patient data sets to estimate the disease status of intracranial aneurysms. The starting point is the hypothesis that vessel 3D-shape can be used as an image biomarker. Research and development in the field require massive information integration realized by a diverse community of scientists, physicians and engineers involved in better understanding the biological processes, and the development of new tools to manage and treat patients. The available cases are collected in a unified database containing imaging and clinical patient information on intracranial aneurysms. The AneurysmDataBase hosted by the Swiss Neuro Foundation aspires to establish the standard for collecting and characterizing information about intracranial aneurysms. We develop web-based applications to inspect, analyze and display data for various users: clinicians, patients and industry. As an aneurysm’s 3D-shape is strongly linked to the underlying formation processes, it is believed that the presence or absence of certain shape features mirror the disease status of the aneurysm wall. The shape of the aneurysm and its circumjacent arterial lumen already plays a significant role in the qualitative assessment of the aneurysm. Currently, clinicians associate irregularity with wall instability. However, no consensus yet exists about which shape features reliably predict instability or whether there exist any that qualify as biomarkers of the disease status at all. Here we present a classification pipeline that allows us to identify shape features with the highest predictive power of aneurysm instability. 3D models of aneurysms are extracted from medical imaging data (mostly 3D rotational angiography) using a standardized vessel segmentation protocol. Subsequently, the aneurysm and adjacent segments of parent vessels are cut from the lumen replica of the vascular tree. A variety of established representations of the 3D shape are calculated for the extracted aneurysm segment. These include the calculation of Zernike moments (ZM), their invariants (ZMI) and simple geometry indices such as undulation, ellipticity or non-sphericity. Different feature reduction techniques (for ZMI) and machine-learning classification methods are applied to find linking patterns between shape features and aneurysm disease status. We will present a machine learning framework to identify imaging biomarkers for intracranial aneurysm. These biomarkers are used for assessing the stability of an aneurysm and finally weighed against an interventional risk to propose the best treatment strategy for a patient. The AneurysmDataBase is pivotal to realize studies on larger cohorts and we are presenting the current state and vision of this disease management platform. The database provides statistical knowledge about a lesion site and can e.g. serve design of new devices, by providing geometries for sizing of a device or for conducting Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Computational Life Sciences (ICLS)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: AneuX
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