Multi-echo gradient echo (MEGRE) MRI data with 8 different echo times (2.38-23.6 ms) from 326 + 40 prostate cancer patients with gold fiducial markers inserted into the prostate (train/validation + test dataset). A scientific paper that utilizes this dataset for deep learning has been published. Underlying description of the technique and its first use has been described in a previous publication.
The data contains an image volume for each patient, for each echo time. The center of mass from the three inserted prostate gold fiducial markers was manually defined. The ground truth label for this dataset consist of spherical objects with a radius of 1-12 mm, inserted in the center of mass defined locations. Method in the paper uses 9 mm radius.
Keywords: Gold fiducial marker, MRI only, Radiotherapy, MRI radiation therapy, Prostate, Cancer, Radiology.
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For 100 out of the 326 patients in the train/validation dataset the MEGRE images were annotated in MATLAB where the center of mass (CoM) coordinates of the gold fiducial marker signal voids were defined by one observer. For the remaining 226 of the patients in the train/validation dataset and the 40 patients in the test dataset MEGRE images, echo number one or two was exported to the treatment planning system Eclipse v.15.1 where the CoM points of the gold fiducial marker signal voids were defined by multiple observers and exported as DICOM RT-structures. Further details on this are provided in an article currently in review for publication. All fiducial identifications were confirmed to be correct using the corresponding CT images.
See github repository for pre-processing and method source code
Compressed NIfTI (.nii.gz) file format for both images and ground truth segmentations. The data contains an image volume for each patient, for each echo time.
Data augmentation was performed for each of the 326 patients with random image rotations in an interval between -15 to 15 degrees around the superior-inferior patient axis using linear interpolation. Image data for each echo for each patient time was handled separately but subjected to the same amount of rotation. The same rotation was applied to the ground truth labels using nearest neighbor interpolation (to avoid producing non-binary mask values). The augmented data and labels for each patient data was saved as a new subject, producing a total of 652 subjects in the train/validation dataset, which equaled a total of 1946 fiducial objects. No data augmentation was performed for the test data set containing 40 patients.
All image data for all echos in all datasets was independently N4 bias field corrected in an image pre-processing pipeline.
Train/validation data set and ground truth label:
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Test data set and ground truth label:
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One patient had four fiducial markers inserted and was excluded in the deep learning study (in review). This patient has suffix _4fid in its name. Each patient volume for each echo in test data set was subjected to Z-score normalization after N4 bias field correction.
Patients40processedN4v2Normalized for Test Data
Patients326processedPooledAugN4v2 for Training/Validation Data
Folder structure for image files:
Folder structure for ground truth files:
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Jamtheim Gustafsson et al (2020), Development and evaluation of a deep learning based artificial intelligence for automatic identification of gold fiducial markers in an MRI-only prostate radiotherapy workflow. Phys. Med. Biol. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/abb0f9
Christian Jamtheim Gustafsson (2020) Multi-echo gradient echo (MEGRE) doi:10.23698/aida/megre.
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