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Machine learning and glioma imaging biomarkers Machine Learning

Aim: To review how machine learning (ML) is applied to imaging biomarkers in neuro-oncology, in particular for diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment response monitoring. Materials and Methods: The PubMed and MEDLINE databases were searched for articles published before September 2018 using relevant search terms. The search strategy focused on articles applying ML to high-grade glioma biomarkers for treatment response monitoring, prognosis, and prediction. Results: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is typically used throughout the patient pathway because routine structural imaging provides detailed anatomical and pathological information and advanced techniques provide additional physiological detail. Using carefully chosen image features, ML is frequently used to allow accurate classification in a variety of scenarios. Rather than being chosen by human selection, ML also enables image features to be identified by an algorithm. Much research is applied to determining molecular profiles, histological tumour grade, and prognosis using MRI images acquired at the time that patients first present with a brain tumour. Differentiating a treatment response from a post-treatment-related effect using imaging is clinically important and also an area of active study (described here in one of two Special Issue publications dedicated to the application of ML in glioma imaging). Conclusion: Although pioneering, most of the evidence is of a low level, having been obtained retrospectively and in single centres. Studies applying ML to build neuro-oncology monitoring biomarker models have yet to show an overall advantage over those using traditional statistical methods. Development and validation of ML models applied to neuro-oncology require large, well-annotated datasets, and therefore multidisciplinary and multi-centre collaborations are necessary.

Natural and Artificial Intelligence in Neurosurgery: A Systematic Review


Machine learning (ML) is a domain of artificial intelligence that allows computer algorithms to learn from experience without being explicitly programmed. To summarize neurosurgical applications of ML where it has been compared to clinical expertise, here referred to as "natural intelligence." A systematic search was performed in the PubMed and Embase databases as of August 2016 to review all studies comparing the performance of various ML approaches with that of clinical experts in neurosurgical literature. Twenty-three studies were identified that used ML algorithms for diagnosis, presurgical planning, or outcome prediction in neurosurgical patients. Compared to clinical experts, ML models demonstrated a median absolute improvement in accuracy and area under the receiver operating curve of 13% (interquartile range 4-21%) and 0.14 (interquartile range 0.07-0.21), In 29 (58%) of the 50 outcome measures for which a P-value was provided or calculated, ML models outperformed clinical experts (P .05). In 18 of 50 (36%), no difference was seen between ML and expert performance (P .05), All 4 studies that compared clinicians assisted by ML models vs clinicians alone demonstrated a better performance in the first group. We conclude that ML models have the potential to augment the decision-making capacity of clinicians in neurosurgical applications; however, significant hurdles remain associated with creating, validating, and deploying ML models in the clinical setting.

Glioma Grade Predictions using Scattering Wavelet Transform-Based Radiomics Machine Learning

Glioma grading before the surgery is very critical for the prognosis prediction and treatment plan making. In this paper, we present a novel scattering wavelet-based radiomics method to predict noninvasively and accurately the glioma grades. The multimodal magnetic resonance images of 285 patients were used, with the intratumoral and peritumoral regions well labeled. The wavelet scattering-based features and traditional radiomics features were firstly extracted from both intratumoral and peritumoral regions respectively. The support vector machine (SVM), logistic regression (LR) and random forest (RF) were then trained with 5-fold cross validation to predict the glioma grades. The prediction obtained with different features was finally evaluated in terms of quantitative metrics. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) of glioma grade prediction based on scattering wavelet features was up to 0.99 when considering both intratumoral and peritumoral features in multimodal images, which increases by about 17% compared to traditional radiomics. Such results shown that the local invariant features extracted from the scattering wavelet transform allows improving the prediction accuracy for glioma grading. In addition, the features extracted from peritumoral regions further increases the accuracy of glioma grading.

Predicted disease compositions of human gliomas estimated from multiparametric MRI can predict endothelial proliferation, tumor grade, and overall survival Machine Learning

Background and Purpose: Biopsy is the main determinants of glioma clinical management, but require invasive sampling that fail to detect relevant features because of tumor heterogeneity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a voxel-wise, multiparametric MRI radiomic method to predict features and develop a minimally invasive method to objectively assess neoplasms. Methods: Multiparametric MRI were registered to T1-weighted gadolinium contrast-enhanced data using a 12 degree-of-freedom affine model. The retrospectively collected MRI data included T1-weighted, T1-weighted gadolinium contrast-enhanced, T2-weighted, fluid attenuated inversion recovery, and multi-b-value diffusion-weighted acquired at 1.5T or 3.0T. Clinical experts provided voxel-wise annotations for five disease states on a subset of patients to establish a training feature vector of 611,930 observations. Then, a k-nearest-neighbor (k-NN) classifier was trained using a 25% hold-out design. The trained k-NN model was applied to 13,018,171 observations from seventeen histologically confirmed glioma patients. Linear regression tested overall survival (OS) relationship to predicted disease compositions (PDC) and diagnostic age (alpha = 0.05). Canonical discriminant analysis tested if PDC and diagnostic age could differentiate clinical, genetic, and microscopic factors (alpha = 0.05). Results: The model predicted voxel annotation class with a Dice similarity coefficient of 94.34% +/- 2.98. Linear combinations of PDCs and diagnostic age predicted OS (p = 0.008), grade (p = 0.014), and endothelia proliferation (p = 0.003); but fell short predicting gene mutations for TP53BP1 and IDH1. Conclusions: This voxel-wise, multi-parametric MRI radiomic strategy holds potential as a non-invasive decision-making aid for clinicians managing patients with glioma.

Early Prediction of Course Grades: Models and Feature Selection Artificial Intelligence

In this paper, we compare predictive models for students' final performance in a blended course using a set of generic features collected from the first six weeks of class. These features were extracted from students' online homework submission logs as well as other online actions. We compare the effectiveness of 5 different ML algorithms (SVMs, Support Vector Regression, Decision Tree, Naive Bayes and K-Nearest Neighbor). We found that SVMs outperform other models and improve when compared to the baseline. This study demonstrates feasible implementations for predictive models that rely on common data from blended courses that can be used to monitor students' progress and to tailor instruction.