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[Offres de thèse] Optimizing Radiomics for multimodal medical imaging

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Optimizing Radiomics for multimodal medical imaging

Optimizing Radiomics for multimodal medical imaging

PhD supervisor: Mathieu Hatt, INSERM research associate

Laboratory of Medical Information Processing (LaTIM, INSERM UMR 1101)

Scientific context

Intratumour heterogeneity has a measurable treatment impact in oncology [1]. Non-invasive imaging can reflect underlying biology and enable assessment of the whole tumour phenotypic heterogeneity [2], [3] whereas sampling of a tumor genotype is typically limited to a small tumour sample (biopsy) [4]. A comprehensive extraction of all available quantitative information contained in multimodal images (CT, MRI, PET/CT) of tumours by extracting various image features including intensity, shape and heterogeneity (popularly known as “Radiomics[5]), would allow building more efficient decision support systems compared to the conventional approaches based mostly on visual/manual characterization of images. With the increased use and applications of imaging in the context of treatment guidance and monitoring, the need for quantification has become crucial. Development of methods for quantitative extraction of biologically and clinically relevant information from multimodal images has been rapid in the recent years, yet has not been sufficiently validated and has not achieved wide acceptance, especially from the clinical community. In addition, this lack of standardization makes the comparison of published results challenging, if not impossible.

Proposed developments

We will specifically address Radiomics methodological standardization by implementing a multimodal automated framework and thoroughly investigating the impact of all the involved methodological steps (i.e. image segmentation [6], [7] and post-reconstruction processing such as denoising or contrast enhancement [7], quantization and textural matrices design [8], [9], shape metrics definition and calculation [10], [11], fractal and multiscale methodology [12], etc.). This Radiomics framework will be methodologically validated by identifying the most robust, reproducible, reliable, least redundant and most clinically relevant features. In addition, we will investigate its translational clinical value in several types of tumors by building decision support systems in a multicentric setting using large cohorts including 4 types of tumors (head & neck, lung and esophageal with PET/CT, and glioblastoma multiforme with multimodal MRI). The main aims are to: 1. Standardize and improve the robustness of Radiomics for multimodal imaging by focusing on solving methodological issues associated with multimodal images and especially a multicentric context. 2. Investigate and validate the ability of determining the most reliable and efficient features or combination of features through machine learning. 3. Exploit the validated framework to identify the most clinically relevant features as a basis to design decision support systems with demonstrators in 4 tumour types, by exploiting available cohorts, and investigate their performances compared to conventional approaches and state-of-the-art prediction tools. We expect the results of this project to lead to the production of guidelines and recommendations that may subsequently translate into the production of more homogeneous and comparable results across studies, in turn leading to a potential paradigm shift in patient management based on multimodal images, from diagnosis and prognosis to treatment monitoring and assessment of response to therapy.

Candidate profile

  • Solid theoretical mathematical and/or computer sciences background (Master and/or Engineer level).
  • Machine learning and statistics knowledge and proficiency is mandatory.
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Experience and skills related to image processing and analysis.
  • Experience and skills related to medical imaging.

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