Latest Artificial Intelligence Research Shows Generative Adversarial Neural Networks Capable of Generating DeepFake Knee Osteoarthritis X-Rays with Varying Osteoarthritis Severity

Latest Artificial Intelligence Research Shows Generative Adversarial Neural Networks Capable of Generating DeepFake Knee Osteoarthritis X-Rays with Varying Osteoarthritis Severity

Recent advances in deep learning have touched the field of medical science. However, recent privacy issues and legislative frameworks have hampered the sharing and acquisition of medical data. Such legislative restrictions limit the potential for future advances in deep learning, which is a particularly data-intensive technique and partnership. However, producing accurate synthetic data for medical purposes can reduce privacy concerns and improve deep learning pipelines. This paper presents generative adversarial neural networks that can accurately image radiographs of knee joints with varying degrees of osteoarthritis. The researchers provide 5,556 authentic photos as well as 320,000 artificial X-ray images (DeepFake) for training.

With the help of 15 healthcare professionals, they evaluated the medical accuracy of our models and examined the effects of augmentation on a task classifying the severity of osteoarthritis. For medical professionals, they created a survey using 30 real photos and 30 DeepFake photos. As a result, more DeepFakes than otherwise have often been mistaken for real. The result indicated that DeepFake’s realism was enough to fool medical professionals. Finally, using limited real data and transfer learning, our DeepFakes increased classification accuracy in a challenge to classify the severity of osteoarthritis. Additionally, they replaced all authentic training data in the same classification work with DeepFakes, and the accuracy of categorizing real OA x-rays suffered only a 3.79% loss compared to at baseline.

Early detection can slow the clinical course and potentially improve the patient’s mobility and quality of life. Healthcare professionals, as well as artificial neural networks, have substantial difficulty in early diagnosis. Using two generative adversarial neural networks, they were able to create an infinite number of X-rays of knee osteoarthritis at various stages of Kellgren and Lawrence for this investigation. The researchers first demonstrated effects of anonymity and augmentation in deep learning, then the researchers validated their system with 15 healthcare professionals. The generated DeepFake X-ray images can be freely shared between researchers and members of the public.

The photos for KL01 WGAN and KL234 WGAN ranged from initial training to top selected models.

On X-ray images of human anatomy, neural networks for KL01 WGAN and KL234 WGAN were trained. As the training progressed, they noticed that significant structural changes began to subside while textural changes improved. Oversampling and 2D convolution modules with exponential unit activations and batch normalization were the main building blocks used to build the generator block. Suppression layers to prevent overfitting allowed the discriminator to block a single analysis of 30 genuine DeepFake photos and 30 fake DeepFake photos of the KL01 and KL234 classes. The degree of osteoarthritis was assessed by experts for genuine and artificial images. The results showed that more fake photos than real ones were taken for each other. Between KL01 and KL234, the severities of osteoarthritis were predicted using the binary classification task.


For the DeepFake augmentation set, the researchers found that losses were reduced and validation accuracy increased accordingly. The augmentation effect with the highest test score, +200% false, was the most effective. Overall, the amplification and anonymization effects suggest the possibility of beneficial downstream consequences in the classification of knee OA. Deep neural networks may be able to produce medically accurate x-rays of knee osteoarthritis. Linked amplification and anonymity-by-replacement effects were first obtained in this study.

In order to increase classification accuracy in transfer learning with limited data, DeepFake images were added to real training data. These transfer learning strategies are widely used in the medical field, where data is often scarce and difficult to collect. To avoid GPU memory overflow, an image size of 210 x 210 was used. To increase the number of photos available for two models of osteoarthritis severity, they combined the KL classes (KL01 and KL234). Early KL grades exhibited less label noise due to the combination of KL grades.

Focus filtering was used to prevent focused and unfocused textures from being combined into a single image, since large discrepancies in x-ray focus and texture clarity would confuse the generator. To distinguish DeepFake images from real photos, experts needed help. The substantial standard deviations observed in the KL scoring agreement task also reflect the presence of this effect. Assessments by medical professionals were skewed as some photos showed superior clinical attributes to others. Cue point generation and detection can benefit from further integration of cue point labels.

The 4,130 x-rays that included both knee joints were used to create the images, which were then classified using the Kellgren and Lawrence system. There were 3253 photos for 0th grade, 1495 for 1st grade, 2175 for 2nd grade, 1086 for 3rd grade and 251 for 4th grade in KL. The aim of the study was to examine the realism of DeepFake photos. They generated 15 random KL01 and 15 KL234 photos, then asked medical professionals to judge them based on their KL scores.

The images were resized to 315,315 pixels and included in the survey in a random sequence. They used the balanced precision metric79 to deal with unbalanced responses. The study team used a simple variation of the ImageNet pre-trained VGG1664 architecture that was further trained for 22 epochs, with only the last three blocks of the design trainable and the rest frozen. To generate each dataset, they started with real data and gradually added more DeepFake data. Using the Python language “random” package, real photos were chosen at random.

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Prezja, F., Paloneva, J., Pölönen, I. et al. DeepFake Knee Osteoarthritis X-Rays from Generative Adversarial Neural Networks Fool Medical Experts and Offer Potential for Automatic Classification Augmentation. Scientific representative 12, 18573 (2022).

Ashish Kumar is an intern consultant at MarktechPost. He is currently pursuing his Btech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. He is passionate about exploring new technological advances and applying them to real life.

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