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Vol 24, No 2 (2019)
Reviews
Published online: 2019-03-01
Submitted: 2018-08-10
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A review of automatic lung tumour segmentation in the era of 4DCT

Nadine Wong Yuzhen, Sarah Barrett
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2019.01.003
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2019;24(2):208-220.

open access

Vol 24, No 2 (2019)
Reviews
Published online: 2019-03-01
Submitted: 2018-08-10

Abstract

Aim

To review the literature on auto-contouring methods of lung tumour volumes on four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT).

Background

Manual delineation of lung tumour on 4DCT has been the gold standard in clinical practice. However, it is resource intensive due to the high volume of data which results in longer contouring duration and uncertainties in defining target. Auto-contouring may present as an attractive alternative by decreasing manual inputs required, thus improving the contouring process. This review aims to assess the accuracy, variability and contouring duration of automatic contouring compared with manual contouring in lung cancer on 4DCT datasets.

Materials and methods

A search and review of literature were conducted to identify studies regarding lung tumour contouring on 4DCT. Manual and auto-contours were assessed and compared based on accuracy, variability and contouring duration.

Results

Thirteen studies were included in this review and their results were compared. Accuracy of auto-contours was found to be comparable to manual contours. Auto-contouring resulted in lesser inter-observer variation when compared to manual contouring, however there was no significant reduction in intra-observer variability. Additionally, contouring duration was reduced with auto-contouring although long computation time could present as a bottleneck.

Conclusion

Auto-contouring is reliable and efficient, producing accurate contours with better consistency compared to manual contours. However, manual inputs would still be required both before and after auto-propagation.

Abstract

Aim

To review the literature on auto-contouring methods of lung tumour volumes on four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT).

Background

Manual delineation of lung tumour on 4DCT has been the gold standard in clinical practice. However, it is resource intensive due to the high volume of data which results in longer contouring duration and uncertainties in defining target. Auto-contouring may present as an attractive alternative by decreasing manual inputs required, thus improving the contouring process. This review aims to assess the accuracy, variability and contouring duration of automatic contouring compared with manual contouring in lung cancer on 4DCT datasets.

Materials and methods

A search and review of literature were conducted to identify studies regarding lung tumour contouring on 4DCT. Manual and auto-contours were assessed and compared based on accuracy, variability and contouring duration.

Results

Thirteen studies were included in this review and their results were compared. Accuracy of auto-contours was found to be comparable to manual contours. Auto-contouring resulted in lesser inter-observer variation when compared to manual contouring, however there was no significant reduction in intra-observer variability. Additionally, contouring duration was reduced with auto-contouring although long computation time could present as a bottleneck.

Conclusion

Auto-contouring is reliable and efficient, producing accurate contours with better consistency compared to manual contours. However, manual inputs would still be required both before and after auto-propagation.

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Keywords

Lung cancer; Delineation; 4DCT; Automatic segmentation

About this article
Title

A review of automatic lung tumour segmentation in the era of 4DCT

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 24, No 2 (2019)

Pages

208-220

Published online

2019-03-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2019.01.003

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2019;24(2):208-220.

Keywords

Lung cancer
Delineation
4DCT
Automatic segmentation

Authors

Nadine Wong Yuzhen
Sarah Barrett

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