Multi-task multi-domain learning for digital staining and classification of leukocytes


oking stained images preserving the inter-cellular structures, crucial for the medical experts to perform classification. We achieve better structure preservation by adding auxiliary tasks of segmentation and direct reconstruction. Segmentation enforces that the network learns to generate correct nucleus and cytoplasm shape, while direct reconstruction enforces reliable translation between the matching images across domains. Besides, we build a robust domain agnostic latent space by injecting the target domain label directly to the generator, i.e., bypassing the encoder. It allows the encoder to extract features independently of the target domain and enables an automated domain invariant classification of the white blood cells. We validated our method on a large dataset composed of leukocytes of 24 patients, achieving state-of-the-art performance on both digital staining and classification tasks.

IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Shadi Albarqouni
Shadi Albarqouni
Professor of Computational Medical Imaging Research at University of Bonn | AI Young Investigator Group Leader at Helmholtz AI