Shape-aware weakly/semi-supervised optic disc and cup segmentation with regional/marginal consistency

Yanda Meng, Xu Chen, Hongrun Zhang, Yitian Zhao, Dongxu Gao, Barbra Hamill, Godhuli Patri, Tunde Peto, Savita Madhusudhan, Yalin Zheng

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Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease that permanently impairs vision. Vertical cup to disc ratio (vCDR) is essential for glaucoma screening. Thus, accurately segmenting the optic disc (OD) and optic cup (OC) from colour fundus images is essential. Previous fully-supervised methods achieved accurate segmentation results; then, they calculated the vCDR with offline post-processing step. However, a large set of labeled segmentation images are required for the training, which is costly and time-consuming. To solve this, we propose a weakly/semi-supervised framework with the benefits of geometric associations and specific domain knowledge between pixel-wise segmentation probability map (PM), geometry-aware modified signed distance function representations (mSDF), and local boundary region of interest characteristics (B-ROI). Firstly, we propose a dual consistency regularisation based semi-supervised paradigm, where the regional and marginal consistency benefits the proposed model from the objects’ inherent region and boundary coherence of a large amount of unlabeled data. Secondly, for the first time, we exploit the domain-specific knowledge between the boundary and region in terms of the perimeter and area of an oval shape of OD & OC, where a differentiable vCDR estimating module is proposed for the end-to-end training. Thus, our model does not need any offline post-process to generate vCDR. Furthermore, without requiring any additional laborious annotations, the supervision on vCDR can serve as a weakly-supervision for OD & OC region and boundary segmentation. Experiments on six large-scale datasets demonstrate that our method outperforms state-of-the-art semi-supervised approaches for segmentation of the optic disc and optic cup, and estimation of vCDR for glaucoma assessment in colour fundus images, respectively. The implementation code is made available. (
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2022
Subtitle of host publication25th International Conference, Singapore, September 18–22, 2022, Proceedings, Part IV
EditorsLinwei Wang, Qi Dou, P. Thomas Fletcher, Stefanie Speidel, Shuo Li
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783031164408
ISBN (Print)9783031164392
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2022
Event25th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention: MICCAI 2022 - , Singapore
Duration: 18 Sep 202222 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference25th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention


  • Optic disc and cup segmentation
  • Weakly/semi-supervised learning


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