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Workshop: Medical Imaging Meets NeurIPS

Classification with a domain shift in medical imaging

Alessandro Fontanella


Labelled medical imaging datasets are often small in size, but other unlabelled datasets with a domain shift may be available. In this work, we propose a method that is able to exploit these additional unlabelled data, possibly with a domain shift, to improve predictions on our labelled data. To this aim, we learn features in a self-supervised way while projecting all the data onto the same space to achieve better transfer. We first test our approach on natural images and verify its effectiveness on Office-31 data. Then, we apply it to retinal fundus datasets and through a series of experiments on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) grading, we show how our method improves the baseline of pre-training on ImageNet and fine-tuning on the labelled data in terms of classification accuracy, AUC and clinical interpretability.

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