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Sulaiman Vesal M. Sc.

Researcher in the Learning Approaches for Medical Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA) group at the Pattern Recognition Lab of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Room: 10.136

Telephone: +49 1521 02 28519

E-mail: Sulaiman.vesal(at)

Research Interests

  • Multi-modality breast image analysis and fusion
  • Computer-aided detection and diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Lesion classification in 3D MRI
  • Quantitative analysis of breast imaging modalities
  • Large-scale breast image screening and analysis

Semi-Automatic Algorithm for Breast MRI Lesion Segmentation Using Marker-Controlled Watershed Transformation
Sulaiman Vesal, Andres Diaz-Pinto, Nishant Ravikumar, Stephan Ellmann, Amirabbas Davari and Andreas Maier

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an effective imaging modality for identifying and localizing breast lesions in women. Accurate and precise lesion segmentation using a computer-aided-diagnosis (CAD) system, is a crucial step in evaluating tumor volume and in the quantification of tumor characteristics. However, this is a challenging task, since breast lesions have sophisticated shape, topological structure, and high variance in their intensity distribution across patients. We proposed a novel marker-controlled watershed transformation-based approach, which uses the brightest pixels in a region of interest (determined by experts) as markers to overcome this challenge, and accurately segment lesions in breast MRI. The proposed approach was evaluated on 106 lesions, which includes 64 malignant and 42 benign cases.  

The results illustrate that the proposed method shows promise for future work related to the segmentation and classification of benign and malignant breast lesions.

Classification of breast cancer histology images using transfer learning
Sulaiman Vesal, Nishant Ravikumar, AmirAbbas Davari, Stephan Ellmann, Andreas Maier

 Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality in women. Early detection and treatment are imperative for improving survival rates, which have steadily increased in recent years as a result of more sophisticated computer-aided-diagnosis (CAD) systems. CAD systems are essential to reduce subjectivity and supplement the analyses conducted by specialists. We propose a transfer learning-based approach, for the task of breast histology image classification into four tissue sub-types, namely, normal, benign, Insitu carcinoma and invasive carcinoma. The histology images, provided as part of the BACH 2018 grand challenge, were first normalized to correct for color variations induced during slide preparation. Subsequently, image patches were extracted and used to fine-tune Google`s Inception-V3 and ResNet50 convolutional neural networks, both pre-trained on the ImageNet database, enabling them to learn domain-specific features, necessary to classify the histology images. Classification accuracy was evaluated using 3-folds. The Inception-V3 network achieved an average test accuracy of 97.08\% for four classes, marginally outperforming the ResNet50 network, which achieved an average accuracy of 96.66\%.

A Deep Learning Approach for Left Atrial Segmentation in 3D Gadolinium Enhanced-MRI
Sulaiman Vesal, Nishant Ravikumar, Andreas Maier; SATCOM-MICCAI 2018

Segmentation of the left atrial chamber and assessing its morphology, are essential for improving our understanding of atrial fibrillation, the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia. Automation of this process in 3D gadolinium enhanced-MRI (GE-MRI) data is desirable, as manual delineation is time-consuming, challenging and observer-dependent. Recently, deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have gained tremendous traction and achieved state-of-the-art results in medical image segmentation. However, it is difficult to incorporate local and global information without using contracting (pooling) layers, which in turn reduces segmentation accuracy for smaller structures. In this paper, we propose a 3D CNN for volumetric segmentation of the left atrial chamber in LGE-MRI. Our network is based on the well known U-Net architecture. We employ a 3D fully convolutional network, with dilated convolutions in the lowest level of the network, and residual connections between encoder blocks to incorporate local and global knowledge. The results show that including global context through the use of dilated convolutions, helps in domain adaptation, and the overall segmentation accuracy is improved in comparison to a 3D U-Net.

Breast DCE-MRI Lesion Segmentation and Classification

Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) recently proved to be quite helpful in screening high-risk women and in staging newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Accurate segmentation of tumor lesion and selection of suspicious regions of interest (ROIs) is a critical pre-processing step in DCE-MRI data evaluation. The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate methods for automatic and semi-automatic detection of suspicious ROIs for breast DCE-MRI, segmentation of tumor lesions, morphological feature extraction and classification of tumors in terms of benign and malignant. I will try to use deep learning algorithms as state-of-the-art approaches for every possible stages. This project is partly connected to Big-Thera project and the patients data are provided by Radiology department of Killinikum University of Erlangen.