UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing


James Ruffle- CMIC/WEISS Joint Seminar Series

19 April 2023, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Seminar Series

James Ruffle - talk as part of CMIC/WEISS Joint Seminar Series

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UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni




UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing and Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences


1st Floor - Function Room & Zoom
90 High Holborn
United Kingdom

Speaker: James Ruffle

Title: Brain tumour segmentation with incomplete imaging data.

Abstract: Progress in neuro-oncology is increasingly recognized to be obstructed by the marked heterogeneity—genetic, pathological, and clinical—of brain tumours. If the treatment susceptibilities and outcomes of individual patients differ widely, determined by the interactions of many multimodal characteristics, then large-scale, fully-inclusive, richly phenotyped data—including imaging—will be needed to predict them at the individual level. Such data can realistically be acquired only in the routine clinical stream, where its quality is inevitably degraded by the constraints of real-world clinical care. Although contemporary machine learning could theoretically provide a solution to this task, especially in the domain of imaging, its ability to cope with realistic, incomplete, low-quality data is yet to be determined. In the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, applying state-of-the-art brain tumour segmentation models to large scale, multi-site MR imaging data of 1251 individuals, here we quantify the comparative fidelity of automated segmentation models drawn from MR data replicating the various levels of completeness observed in real life. We find such models can quantify enhancing tumour without the administration of intravenous contrast, inviting a revision of the notion of tumour enhancement if the same information can be extracted without contrast-enhanced imaging. Our analysis includes validation on a heterogeneous, real-world 50 patient sample of brain tumour imaging acquired over the last 15 years at our tertiary centre, demonstrating maintained accuracy even on non-isotropic MRI acquisitions, or even on complex post- operative imaging with tumour recurrence.   

Bio: UCL High-Dimensional Neurology Lab PhD candidate. Pan-London Neuroradiology Registrar

Chair: Matthew Grech Sollars.