Multi-Layer Recurrent Neural Networks for the Classification of Compton Camera Based Imaging Data for Proton Beam Cancer Treatment
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Proton beam therapy is a unique form of radiotherapy that utilizes protons to treat cancer by irradiating cancerous tumors, while avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues. Real-time imaging of the proton beam can make this form of therapy more precise and safer for the patient during delivery. The use of Compton cameras is one proposed method for the real-time imaging of prompt gamma rays that are emitted by the proton beams as they travel through a patient’s body. Unfortunately, some of the Compton camera data is flawed and the reconstruction algorithm yields noisy and insufficiently detailed images to evaluate the proton delivery for the patient. Previous work used a deep residual fully connected neural network. The use of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) has been proposed, since they use recurrence relationships to make potentially better predictions. In this work, RNN architectures using two different recurrent layers are tested, the LSTM and the GRU. Although the deep residual fully connected neural network achieves over 75% testing accuracy and our models achieve only over 73% testing accuracy, the simplicity of our RNN models containing only 6 hidden layers as opposed to 512 is a significant advantage. Importantly in a clinical setting, the time to load the model from disk is significantly faster, potentially enabling the use of Compton camera image reconstruction in real-time during patient treatment.