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Augmenting data with GANs to segment melanoma skin lesions

Abstract: This paper presents a novel strategy that employs Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to augment data in the skin lesion segmentation task, which is a fundamental first step in the automated melanoma detection process. The proposed framework generates both skin lesion images and their segmentation masks, making the data augmentation process extremely straightforward. In order to thoroughly analyze how the quality and diversity of synthetic images impact the efficiency of the method, we remodel two different well known GANs: a Deep Convolutional GAN (DCGAN) and a Laplacian GAN (LAPGAN). Experimental results reveal that, by introducing such kind of synthetic data into the training process, the overall accuracy of a state-of-the-art Convolutional/Deconvolutional Neural Network for melanoma skin lesion segmentation is increased.


Pollastri, Federico; Bolelli, Federico; Paredes Palacios, Roberto; Grana, Costantino "Augmenting data with GANs to segment melanoma skin lesions" MULTIMEDIA TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS, vol. 79, pp. 15575 -15592 , 2020 DOI: 10.1007/s11042-019-7717-y

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