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Radiomics Image Analysis (RIA) package was developed to facilitate radiomic analysis of medical images. RIA
can calculate hundreds of different statistics on both 2D and 3D images. RIA
supports analysis of DICOM
, NIfTI
, nrrd
and npy
(numpy arrays saved in python) iamges. Almost all calculations are vectorized and therefore are super-efficient. The package is developed by Márton Kolossváry a medical doctor not an engineer, therefore all functionalities of the software package are developed in a way that can be learnt by non-professionals. RIA
is constantly updated with new functionalities and wrap-around functions to make the calculation of radiomic metrics even simpler.
If you do not wish to understand all the details of each function and just wish to start calculating right away, please read the chapter "Converting medical images to RIA_image" and then jump right to "One click solution to calculate all radiomic parameters".
First, lest simply load RIA
library(RIA)
Medical images can be converted to RIA_image class using the load_dicom, load_nifti, load_nrrd and the load_npy functions. All you have to do is give the location of the file or files as a string. Current examples are given for load_dicom, however load_nifti, load_nrrd and load_npy work the same, but please be aware of subtle differences explained in help of these functions and in specific sections of the user manual!
DICOM = load_dicom(filename = "C:/DICOM/")
load_dicom does several things:
Converts DICOM files to RIA_image class using the readDICOM function of the oro.dicom package. If load_nifti is used the image loading is done by the readNIfTI function of the oro.nifti package, while the function read.nrrd is used from the nat package in case load_nrrd is used.
If mask_filename is provided, then the image is filtered one of two ways. If the mask_filename is the same as the filename, then the values in keep_mask_values indicate which voxels values to keep in the original image. This way the image can be segmented for a specific subset of voxels with given intensities. For example, if you would wish to only analyze low-density non-calcified voxels, you could set the keep_mask_values to -100:30. If a different folder is given to mask_filename, then RIA loads the mask image which needs to be the same image type as the original image. mask_filename can also be a character vector containing paths to multiple mask files. If multiple are supplied, then those voxels are kept which have one of the values of keep_mask_values in any of the supplied masks. Using the keep_mask_values, you can select which values you consider to indicate which voxels to keep. By convention, the default is 1. However, multiple values may be given, which is convenient in cases when several regions of interest are provided in the mask image. If a single string is provided, then each element of the mask will be examined against the statement in the string. For example, if '>0.5' is provided i.e. the mask is probabilities after a DL algorithm, then all voxels with values >0.5 in the mask image will be kept. This can be a complex logical expression. The data on which the expression is executed is called data or data_mask, depending on whether you wish to filter the original image, that is the original image is supplied as a mask, or if you have unique mask files respectively. Therefore, for complex logical expressions you can define for example: '>-100 & data<30' to consider data values between -100 and 30, or '>0.5 & data_mask<0.75' to select voxels based-on mask values between 0.5 and 0.75 for example if they represent a probability mask. Furthermore, some software after image manipulation reverse the order of the images in the Z axis, and therefore they need to be changed back. In this case switch_z needs to be set TRUE. Whenever using mask images to identify voxels to be analyzed, please always make sure, that the orientation of the mask image and of the original image is the same!
The 2D or 3D image is cropped to the smallest bounding box still containing the whole image. It is useful to minimize the size of the image to save memory. The zero_value supplied to the load_dicom, load_nifti or load_nrrd function is used to identify voxels not containing any data. If it is not supplied, then the smallest value present in the dataset is considered as indicating voxels without any data. If for some reason it is important that the RIA_image be the same size (same x,y,z dimensions) as the original supplied image, then this functionality can be turn off by:
DICOM = load_dicom(filename = "C:/DICOM/", crop_in = FALSE)
DICOM = load_dicom(filename = "C:/DICOM/", replace_in = FALSE)
DICOM = load_dicom(filename = "C:/DICOM/", center_in = FALSE)
By default center_in is set to FALSE for load_nifti and load_nrrd, since these images are often preprocessed and therefore contain the proper values for analysis. But please be aware, that in all cases, the load images should be inspected to see in the values are reasonable, for example if the minimum and maximum values are in the range that would be expected!
All above mentioned settings can be combined as wished to achieve proper conversion of the DICOM image. Furthermore, all parameters of the readDICOM, readNIfTI and read.nrrd function of the oro.dicom oro.nifti and nat packages can be set in the load_dicom, load_nifti and load_nrrd functions.
As a result the RIA_image object will have three slots:
RIA_image$data
which contains the original image as a 2D or 3D numerical array in RIA_image$data$orig
, and a modified image in RIA_image$data$modif
that has been created using one of the functions. Only one original and one modified image are stored in the RIA_image$data
slot. However, several modified images can be saved to new slots as we will see later.
RIA_image$header
which contains basic information regarding the loaded image. These entries are populated from the DICOM header of the image. Elements can be added or removed from the predefined set of DICOM_codes:
DICOM_codes
Elements can be added by specifying the desired DICOM codes. For example the Manufacturer can be add by:
add <- as.data.frame(array(c("Manufacturer", "0008", "0070"), dim = c(1,3))) colnames(add) <- c("Name", "Group", "Element") DICOM = load_dicom(filename = "C:/DICOM/", header_add = add)
Or elements can be removed. For example if you wish to anonymize your data:
exclude <- as.data.frame(DICOM_codes[3:6,]) DICOM = load_dicom(filename = "C:/DICOM/", header_exclude = exclude)
RIA_image$log
which contains information regarding the original image and ran processes on the RIA_image. The log is constantly updated by the functions, and some functions use it for inputs. load_dicom, load_nifti, load_nrrd and load_npy adds the following to the log if possible:
DICOM$log$events
is a vector containing the ran processes.
DICOM$log$orig_dim
is a vector containing the original dimensions of the DICOM image.
DICOM$log$directory
is a string containing the location of the DICOM images.
DICOM$log$logic_x
is a vector with a length of the original x dimension. Ones indicate slices which contained data and zeros which did not in the x dimension. Same is true for DICOM$log$logic_y
and DICOM$log$logic_z
.
DICOM$log$zero_value
is a number indicating the value that was considered to indicate no data
DICOM$log$changed_to
is the value to which voxel considered not to have any data were transferred to.
DICOM$log$shift
the value that was added to all voxel values to achieve proper values.
DICOM$log$orig_vol_mm
the volume of the original image. The volume is calculated by calculating how many voxels contain data and multiplying it by x,y and z length of the voxels.
DICOM$log$orig_surf_mm
the surface of the original image. The surface is calculated by assessing which sides of the voxels do not have any neighbors and then summing all of these surfaces which are calculated from the lengths of the sides of the voxels.
DICOM$log$surface_volume_r
the value of the surface to volume ratio of the original image.
DICOM$log$orig_xy_dim
the length of each voxel in the x and the y planes. This is also called the in-plane resolution
DICOM$log$orig_z_dim
the length of each voxel in the z plane. This is also called the cross-plane resolution.
As we will see, functions can add new elements to the log and also add new slots to the RIA_image. If the loading was successful, we will be notified by RIA
in the console. All messages may be suppressed by setting the verbose_in parameter to FALSE.
With the package two preloaded datasets are given:
We will be using the NRS dataset for all following examples. Load the data using:
DICOM <- NRS
Discretization of voxel values is crucial for radiomic analysis. Since many metrics rely on the spatial relationship of different voxel values, we need to decrease the number of possible values. This is needed since we do not want to consider for example a voxel value of 456 any different from 457, since the difference is probably attributable to noise and does not hold any information regarding spatial heterogeneity. Discretization is done using the discretize function. It receives a RIA_image and outputs a RIA_image with a new slot RIA_image$discretized
containing the images with discretized values.
Discretization is effected by two variables:
The number of bins can be easily specified using the bins_in parameter.
DICOM = discretize(RIA_data_in = DICOM, bins_in = 2)
There are two main types of discretizations. We either have equally sized or equally probable bins. Equally sized bins mean that the range between the minimum and the maximum value is divided into a predefined number of bins of which all have the same lengths. For example is our smallest value is 0 and the largest is 100 and we wish to discretize into 4 equally sized bins then the cut points will be at 25, 50 and 75, result in 4 bins each with a length of 25 units. However if the discretization is done using equally probable bins then the length of each bin might be different, but the number of elements in it are the same. This might result is cut points such as: 10, 35 and 55 for example in case of a rightly skewed dataset. The type of discretization is defined by the equal_prob parameter. The default is FALSE, therefore by default images are discretized using equal sized bins. Setting it to TRUE will result in equally probable bins:
DICOM = discretize(RIA_data_in = DICOM, bins_in = 2, equal_prob = TRUE)
The discretize function updates the log of the RIA_image by adding the discretization to the events:
DICOM$log$events
It also adds the cut points that were used for the discretization:
DICOM$log$cuts_es_2 DICOM$log$cuts_ep_2
The names of the created images and corresponding elements in the log can be changed as we will see later. But for convenience RIA automatically names the new images. If not crucial for some reason, I would suggest to stick with the automatically predefined names.
-use_orig: whether to use the original image (which might be cropped etc.) stored in RIA_image$data$orig
or to use the modified image stored in RIA_image$data$modif
. By default it is set to TRUE. Only in very special cases might one want to discretize an image that has already been discretized or modified by an other function.
-write_orig: whether to overwrite the original image stored in RIA_image$data$orig
. Usually it is not advised to overwrite the master image since then only modified images can be further processed. Therefore, by default it is set to FALSE
-verbose_in: whether write information regarding the running processes in the console.
Since the number of bins and the type of discretization can significantly effect our later results, usually several discretizations are performed on a image to receive many different images. Using RIA it is very easy to perform several different discretizations with just one line of code. For example if you wish to discretize your image to 4, 8, 16 and 32 equally sized bins, all you have to do is:
DICOM = discretize(RIA_data_in = DICOM, bins_in = c(4,8,16,32))
or more easily if you want 4, 8, 16 and 32 equally probable bins:
DICOM = discretize(RIA_data_in = DICOM, bins_in = 2^(2:5), equal_prob = TRUE)
These resulted in our image discretized in 2,4,8,16,32 equally probable and equally sized bins, which are stored in the $discretized
slot of the RIA_image:
DICOM$log$events names(DICOM$discretized)
First-order statistics are derived from the distribution of values and therefore discard all spatial information. Many of these metrics are commonly known (mean, median), however several metrics describing the heterogeneity of the values might be less known (energy, entropy). RIA
can calculate 44 different first-order statistics using the first_order function. As with all statistical measures, it is saved in a separate slot of the RIA_image, and the name of the slot starts with stat_ and since first-order, end with fo, resulting in the slot name of stat_fo. A detailed list and explanation of each statistic can be found in the supplementary material of: Márton Kolossváry et al.
By default, first_order calculates statistics on the image present in RIA_image$data$orig
.
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM) RIA:::list_to_df(DICOM$stat_fo$orig)
If you wish to calculate statistics on a modified image, then by setting the use_orig to FALSE, the image present in the RIA_image$data$modif
will be used. This is usually the last image that was created using some kind of image manipulation.
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_orig = FALSE) RIA:::list_to_df(DICOM$stat_fo$ep_32)
If the desired image is not present in the modif slot, since it was created earlier, then instead of switching the RIA_image$data$modif
image to the desired one, you may give a specific image you wish to use using the use_slot parameter. If the image you wish to use is in RIA_image$discretized$es_2
, then you can calculate first-order statistics on it by:
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_orig = FALSE, use_slot = "discretized$es_2") RIA:::list_to_df(DICOM$stat_fo$es_2)
Calculation of first-order statistics can be further specified using the following inputs.
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_orig = FALSE, use_slot = "discretized$es_2", save_name = c("equaly_sized_2bins")) RIA:::list_to_df(DICOM$stat_fo$equaly_sized_2bins)
RIA supports batch calculation of first-order statistics. In many cases one wants to calculate the statistics on all modified images. Using one line of code you can calculate first-order statistics for all discretized images:
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_type = "discretized") names(DICOM$stat_fo)
The use_type input can be used to specify how the function behaves. By default, it is set to "single", indicating single image processing. As seen above, there are multiple ways first-order statistics can be calculated on single images. However, if use_type is set to "discretized", then the function will calculate the statistical metrics for all instances present in the given slot.
The save_name parameter can still be used to rename the name of the statistics is needed.
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_type = "discretized", save_name = c("Name_1", "Name_2", "Name_3", "Name_4", "Name_5", "Name_6", "Name_7", "Name_8", "Name_9", "Name_10")) names(DICOM$stat_fo)
Please provide the same number of names as the number of discretizations. If there is a discrepancy between the number of provided names and images, then the process will be stopped giving an error. Only change the names if absolutely necessary, as it may cause problems in later analyses.
DICOM = first_order(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_type = "discretized", save_name = c("Name_1", "Name_2", "Name_3", "Name_4"))
The function glcm calculates GLCM matrices of 2D and 3D images. GLCMs are second-order statistics, meaning that statistics are calculated from the spatial relationship of two voxel values and not from the values themselves. GLCM are square matrices, where there are as many rows and columns as there are different voxel values. The values in the i^th^ row and j^th^ column represents the probability of finding a j value voxel next to a i value voxel in a given direction and distance. Therefore, for a given image several different GLCM matrices may be calculated, depending on the direction and the distance. In RIA
direction and distance is determined by three integer parameters specifying where the examined voxel is compared to the index voxel.
For example: to calculate the GLCM matrix of the last modified image stored in RIA_image$data$modif
, in the direction of right: 1; down: 2; z-plane: 2; you just have to write:
DICOM = glcm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, off_right = 1, off_down = 2, off_z = 2) dim(DICOM$glcm$ep_32)
As discussed in the first-order case, the image wished to be analyzed may be set using the use_orig, use_slot and save_name parameters. RIA
looks at the name of the provided image, if numbers are present in it, the it will set the dimensions and the resulting name of the GLCM based-on these values. If no numbers are present, then it will use the automatic name generator of RIA
to figure out the name of the last image manipulation.
Two further parameters may be set to change the output of the function:
DICOM = glcm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_slot = "discretized$ep_2", off_right = 1, off_down = 2, off_z = 2, symmetric = FALSE, normalize = FALSE) DICOM$glcm$ep_2 DICOM = glcm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_slot = "discretized$ep_2", off_right = 1, off_down = 2, off_z = 2, symmetric = TRUE, normalize = FALSE) DICOM$glcm$ep_2
DICOM = glcm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_slot = "discretized$ep_2", off_right = 1, off_down = 2, off_z = 2, symmetric = TRUE, normalize = FALSE) DICOM$glcm$ep_2 DICOM = glcm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_slot = "discretized$ep_2", off_right = 1, off_down = 2, off_z = 2, symmetric = TRUE, normalize = TRUE) DICOM$glcm$ep_2
As GLCM statistics require probability values and in most cases GLCMs are calculated in all directions, both parameters are TRUE by default.
The glcm function also support batch calculations. Therefore, if you wish to calculate a given GLCM for all discretizations all you have to do is:
DICOM = glcm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_type = "discretized", off_right = 1, off_down = 2, off_z = 2) names(DICOM$glcm)
To achieve rotationally invariant results, usually GLCM matrices are calculated in all directions. Using RIA
, with one line of code you can calculate the GLCMs in all the different directions simply by calling:
DICOM = glcm_all(DICOM, use_type = "single") names(DICOM$glcm)
This uses the image stored in the RIA_image$data$modif
. This can be changed similarly to all other functions using the use_orig, use_slot and save_name parameters. RIA
can also calculate all the different GLCMs on all modified images just by simply calling:
DICOM = glcm_all(DICOM, use_type = "discretized") names(DICOM$glcm)
By default glcm_all uses a distance of 1 to calculate the matrices in all directions. Using the distance parameter this can be set to any specific positive integer. A value of 2 would mean RIA
looks not at the voxels right next to each other, but at one with one voxel between them to calculate the GLCM matrices. However RIA
only looks in directions equivalent to the directions to the distance = 1 case, intermediate voxels are currently not supported in cases of bigger distances.
DICOM = glcm_all(DICOM, use_type = "discretized", distance = c(1:3)) names(DICOM$glcm)
The main purpose of calculating GLCMs, is to derive statistics from them. GLCM statistics can be calculated using the glcm_stat function. Overall, RIA
can calculate 240 different GLCM statistics of which some contain more than one value. A detailed list and explanation of each statistic can be found in the supplementary material of: Márton Kolossváry et al.
As previous functions, glcm_stat can process single or multiple GLCMs For single data processing, one can use the use_slot parameter to calculate GLCM statistics on a specific GLCM
DICOM = glcm_stat(DICOM, use_type = "single", use_slot = "glcm$ep_2_122")
The results as all statistical calculations, are saved to a "stat_" slot of the RIA_image
, specifically to the RIA_image$stat_glcm
slot. The name is automatically generated based on the supplied GLCM name. However it may be changed by the save_name input if desired.
The glcm_stat function also support batch calculations. Therefore, if you wish to calculate statistics for all calculated GLCMs the you can achieve this by one line of code:
DICOM = glcm_stat(DICOM, use_type = "glcm") names(DICOM$stat_glcm)
The names of the outputs can also be specified. Be aware of providing the same amount of names as there are GLCMs being processed. Failing to do so will throw an error.
The main purpose of calculating all these statistics in all directions is to somehow aggregate them into one rotationally invariant statistic. This is achieved by using some kind of function to sum up these values. Conventionally the average is taken. Using glcm_stat_all:
DICOM <- glcm_stat_all(DICOM)
The function used to calculate the aggregated statistic can be set using the statistic parameter. The supplied string must contain a "X", which will be replaced with the array of the GLCM statistics value. Further attributes of the function may also be given. For example, if you wish to calculate the median of all GLCMs calculated in different directions, then it must be supplied as: "median(X, na.rm = TRUE)". These batch functions only work with automatically calculated and named images and statistics using previously mentioned batch functions!
The function glrlm calculates GLRLM matrices of 2D and 3D images. GLRLM are higher-order statistics, meaning that statistics are calculated from the spatial relationship of more than two voxel values. GLRLM are matrices, where the number of rows equals the number of gray levels, while the number of columns equals the length of the longest run. Run length is defined as the number of voxels occurring next to each other with same values in a given direction. The i^th^ row and j^th^ column of the GLRLM represents how many times it occurs in the image, that i value voxels are next to each other j times. Therefore, for a given image several different GLRLM matrices may be calculated, depending on the direction. In RIA direction is determined by three integer parameters specifying the direction as a vector in co-ordinate space. There is no distance parameter, since we want to calculate how many same value voxels occur next to each other in that direction. Therefore the three inputs are logicals not integers.
For example: to calculate the GLRLM matrix of the last modified image stored in RIA_image$data$modif
, in the direction of right: 1; down: 0; z-plane: 1; you just have to write:
DICOM = glrlm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, off_right = 1, off_down = 0, off_z = 1) dim(DICOM$glrlm$ep_32)
As discussed in the first-order case, the image wished to be analyzed may be set using the use_orig, use_slot and save_name parameters. RIA looks at the name of the provided image, if numbers are present in it, the it will set the dimensions and the resulting name of the GLRLM based-on these values. If no numbers are present, then it will use the automatic name generator of RIA
to figure out the name of the last image manipulation.
The glrlm function also support batch calculations on discretized images. Therefore, if you wish to calculate a given GLRLM for all discretizations all you have to do is:
DICOM = glrlm(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_type = "discretized", off_right = 1, off_down = 0, off_z = 1) names(DICOM$glrlm)
To achieve rotationally invariant results, usually GLRLM matrices are calculated in all directions. Using RIA, with one line of code you can calculate the GLRLMs in all the different directions simply by calling:
DICOM = glrlm_all(DICOM, use_type = "single") names(DICOM$glrlm)
This uses the image stored in the DICOM$data$modif
. This can be changed similarly to all other functions using the use_orig, use_slot and save_name parameters. RIA can also calculate all the different GLRLMs on all modified images just by simply calling:
DICOM = glrlm_all(DICOM, use_type = "discretized") names(DICOM$glrlm)
The main purpose of calculating GLRLMs, is to derive statistics from them. GLRLM statistics can be calculated using the glrlm_stat function. Overall, RIA
can calculate 11 different GLRLM statistics. As previous functions, glrlm_stat can process single and multiple GLRLMs at once. For single data processing, one can use the use_slot parameter to calculate GLRLM statistics on a specific GLRLM
DICOM = glrlm_stat(DICOM, use_type = "single", use_slot = "glrlm$ep_2_101")
The results as all statistical calculations, are saved to a "stat_" slot of the RIA_image
, specifically to the RIA_image$stat_glrlm
slot. The name is automatically generated based on the supplied GLRLM name. However it may be changed by the save_name input if desired.
The glrlm_stat function also support batch calculations. Therefore, if you wish to calculate statistics for all calculated GLRLMs the you can achieve this by one line of code:
DICOM = glrlm_stat(DICOM, use_type = "glrlm") names(DICOM$stat_glrlm)
The names of the outputs can also be specified. Be aware of providing the same number of names as there are GLRLMs being processed. Failing to do so will throw an error. Only change the names if absolutely necessary, as it may cause problems in later analyses.
The main purpose of calculating all these statistics in all directions is to somehow aggregate them into one rotationally invariant statistic. This is achieved by using some kind of function to sum up these values. Conventionally the average is taken. Using glrlm_stat_all:
DICOM <- glrlm_stat_all(DICOM)
The function used to calculate the aggregated statistic can be set using the statistic parameter. The supplied string must contain a "X", which will be replaced with the array of the GLRLM statistics value. Further attributes of the function may also be given. For example, if you wish to calculate the median of all GLCMs calculated in different directions, then it must be supplied as: "median(X, na.rm = TRUE)". These batch functions only work with automatically calculated and named images and statistics using previously mentioned batch functions!
Several statistics have been derived to evaluate different geometrical properties of objects. RIA
calculates 9 conventional geometrical parameters and 3 fractal dimensions. Geometrical statistics can be calculated both on the original image:
DICOM = geometry(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_orig = TRUE, calc_sub = FALSE) RIA:::list_to_df(DICOM$stat_geometry$orig)
and also on discretized images. Similarly as previous functions, if the desired image is stored in RIA_image$data$modif
, then by setting the use_orig parameter to FALSE the function will run on the modified image. Using the use_slot parameter a specific image can also be set. The output is automatically named, but can be changed using the save_name parameter. The main reason to run geometry-based statistics on discretized images is to evaluate the geometrical features of the different sub-components. To calculate statistics on all sub-components of an image the calc_sub parameter has to be set to TRUE, which is the default:
DICOM = geometry(RIA_data_in = DICOM, use_slot = "discretized$es_2") RIA:::list_to_df(DICOM$stat_geometry$es_2)
Further inputs can be specified:
RIA
uses the values present in the RIA_image$log$orig_xy_dim
.RIA
uses the values present in the RIA_image$log$orig_z_dim
.RIA
uses the values present in the RIA_image$log$orig_vol_mm
.RIA
uses the values present in the RIA_image$log$orig_surf_mm
.The geometry function also support batch calculations. Therefore, if you wish to calculate statistics for all discretizations, then all you have to do is:
DICOM = geometry(DICOM, use_type = "discretized") names(DICOM$stat_geometry)
Previous chapters showed each detail of the RIA package. However, many researchers just wish to calculate radiomic features without having to know exactly what is going on and do not wish to fine tune all functions by themselves. The radiomics_all function does all the work. With a simple line of code, you can calculate all the desired parameters without any hassle. After loading the radiological images to RIA
format, just type the following:
DICOM <- radiomics_all(DICOM, bins_in = c(8, 16, 32), equal_prob = "both")
This simple line of code discretizes the image into 8, 16 and 32 equally sized and equal interval bins and calculates first-order parameters, GLCM based statistics averaged in all directions at distances 1, GLRLM based statistics averaged in all directions and geometry based statistics on the original and discretized images. Arguments of radiomics_all allows to modify defaults and calculate parameters as desired.
In the next section learn how to export all you calculated statistics just using one line of code.
All saved radiomic metrics in the RIA_image
can be conveniently saved using the save_RIA function. All you have to do is supply the folder where you wish to export the results to using the save_to parameter You may also set the name of the exported files using the save_name parameter. A grouping label specifying which class the case belongs to can also be set using the group_name parameter. A last but not least, you may set which slots of statistics you wish to export. By default all of them are exported:
save_RIA(DICOM, save_to = "C:/Test/", save_name = "My_first_radiomics", group_name = "Case")
And that's it! There you have your first radiomics analysis!
Parallelization of the functions on CPUs or GPUs can take significantly longer in case of small images and few different voxel values. Finding the optimal values where parallelization might be beneficial is not straight forward. Also, RIA is a research tool, therefore it is meant to be used for the radiomic calculations of many exported radiological images at once, rather then running on a single image real-time as fast as possible. Therefore, the core functions of RIA are not parallelized. However, using a few lines of code RIA can be run parallel on multiple cores, where each core calculates the parameter of an individual image. This is more efficient and faster when we have batches of images to calculate on, as all cores can run on maximum at all times, while if the core functions themselves would be parallelized, it would not run at maximum efficiency many times while the processes are waiting for each sub-tasks to finish. In the following sample code, you can appreciate the simpleness of setting up such a parallelization to calculate radiomic parameters for a batch of images. In the example each patient has a separate folder in which there are nrrd files containing the whole image (these files contain the word: "heart") and mask images (these files contain the word: "plaque"). There are many possibilities to parallelize such batches in R. We will use the doParallel package to set up the multiple core functionality, and the foreach package to parallelize the for cycle which cycles through the patient folders
folder <- "/Images/" #Location of folder containing individual folders per patient which contain nrrd files for the image and mask out <- "/CSV/" #Location of folder where the results will be dumped patients <- list.dirs(folder, recursive = FALSE, full.names = FALSE) #Name of patient folders patients_full <- list.dirs(folder, recursive = FALSE, full.names = TRUE) #Name of patient folders with full file path name library(foreach); library(doParallel) #Load required packages doParallel::registerDoParallel(7) #Define how many threads to use, usually use the number of threads-1 #Use parallelized for cycle to cycle through all the patients data_out_paral <- foreach (i = 1:length(patients), .combine="rbind", .inorder=FALSE, .packages=c('RIA'), .errorhandling = c("pass"), .verbose=FALSE) %dopar% { files <- list.files(patients_full[i]) #Names of the files in the current patient folder image <- grep("heart", files, ignore.case = T, value = T) #Full name of the image file masks <- grep("plaque", files, ignore.case = T, value = T) #Full name of the mask files #RUN RIA IMAGE <- RIA::load_nrrd(filename = paste0(patients_full[i], "/", image), mask_filename = paste0(patients_full[i], "/", masks), switch_z = FALSE) #Load image and mask files IMAGE <- RIA::radiomics_all(IMAGE, equal_prob = "both", bins_in= c(4, 8, 16)) #Calculate radiomic features RIA::save_RIA(IMAGE, save_to = out, save_name = patients[i], group_name = patients[i]) #Export results into csv }
The disadvantage of parallelizing the for cycle rather then the core functions is that it requires the loading of each image into memory. Therefore, please be sure that there is sufficient amount of memory to load in the number of dataset as specified by the number of threads used for calculation.
RIA package for R is a fast, versatile and user-friendly way to calculate radiomic statistics on DICOM, NIfTI, nrrd and npy images using only a few lines of code. One can calculate several hundreds of different statistics on various versions of an image. If you wish to better understand Radiomics, please read: "Cardiac Computed Tomography Radiomics: A Comprehensive Review on Radiomic Techniques" and "Radiomic Features Are Superior to Conventional Quantitative Computed Tomographic Metrics to Identify Coronary Plaques With Napkin-Ring Sign" which describes the calculation and each statistic in detail in the supplementary files.
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