The enlargement of the liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly) is a common manifestation of Gaucher disease (GD). An accurate estimation of the liver and spleen volumes in patients with GD, using imaging tools such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is crucial for the baseline assessment and monitoring of the response to treatment. A commonly used method in clinical practice to estimate the spleen volume is the employment of a formula that uses the measurements of the craniocaudal length, diameter, and thickness of the spleen in MRI. However, the inaccuracy of this formula is significant, which, in turn, emphasizes the need for a more precise and reliable alternative. To this end, we employed deep-learning techniques, to achieve a more accurate spleen segmentation and, subsequently, calculate the resulting spleen volume with higher accuracy on a testing set cohort of 20 patients with GD. Our results indicate that the mean error obtained using the deep-learning approach to spleen volume estimation is 3.6 ± 2.7%, which is significantly lower than the common formula approach, which resulted in a mean error of 13.9 ± 9.6%. These findings suggest that the integration of deep-learning methods into the clinical routine practice for spleen volume calculation could lead to improved diagnostic and monitoring outcomes.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 101000967), and by the Manya Igel Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Signal Processing.
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