Authors:Zi’an Xu, Yin Dai, Fayu Liu, Boyuan Wu, Weibing Chen, Lifu Shi
Compared with natural images, medical images are difficult to acquire and costly to label. Contrastive learning, as an unsupervised learning method, can more effectively utilize unlabeled medical images. In this paper, we used a Transformer-based contrastive learning method and innovatively trained the contrastive learning network with transfer learning. Then, the output model was transferred to the downstream parotid segmentation task, which improved the performance of the parotid segmentation model on the test set. The improved DSC was 89.60%, MPA was 99.36%, MIoU was 85.11%, and HD was 2.98. All four metrics showed significant improvement compared to the results of using a supervised learning model as a pre-trained model for the parotid segmentation network. In addition, we found that the improvement of the segmentation network by the contrastive learning model was mainly in the encoder part, so this paper also tried to build a contrastive learning network for the decoder part and discussed the problems encountered in the process of building.