Instrument tracking via online learning in retinal microsurgery.

Yeqing Li, Chen Chen, Xiaolei Huang, Junzhou Huang

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Robust visual tracking of instruments is an important task in retinal microsurgery. In this context, the instruments are subject to a large variety of appearance changes due to illumination and other changes during a procedure, which makes the task very challenging. Most existing methods require collecting a sufficient amount of labelled data and yet perform poorly in handling appearance changes that are unseen in training data. To address these problems, we propose a new approach for robust instrument tracking. Specifically, we adopt an online learning technique that collects appearance samples of instruments on the fly and gradually learns a target-specific detector. Online learning enables the detector to reinforce its model and become more robust over time. The performance of the proposed method has been evaluated on a fully annotated dataset of retinal instruments in in-vivo retinal microsurgery and on a laparoscopy image sequence. In all experimental results, our proposed tracking approach shows superior performance compared to several other state-of-the-art approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-471
Number of pages8
JournalMedical image computing and computer-assisted intervention : MICCAI ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention
Issue numberPt 1
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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