SimCol3D - 3D Reconstruction during Colonoscopy Challenge

Rau, Anita, Bano, Sophia, Jin, Yueming, Azagra, Pablo, Morlana, Javier, Sanderson, Edward orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3794-5513, Matuszewski, Bogdan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7195-2509, Lee, Jae Young, Lee, Dong-Jae et al (2023) SimCol3D - 3D Reconstruction during Colonoscopy Challenge. Medical Image Analysis . ISSN 1361-8415 (Submitted)

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Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. While colonoscopy is an effective screening technique, navigating an endoscope through the colon to detect polyps is challenging. A 3D map of the observed surfaces could enhance the identification of unscreened colon tissue and serve as a training platform. However, reconstructing the colon from video footage remains unsolved due to numerous factors such as self-occlusion, reflective surfaces, lack of texture, and tissue deformation that limit feature-based methods. Learning-based approaches hold promise as robust alternatives, but necessitate extensive datasets. By establishing a benchmark, the 2022 EndoVis sub-challenge SimCol3D aimed to facilitate data-driven depth and pose prediction during colonoscopy. The challenge was hosted as part of MICCAI 2022 in Singapore. Six teams from around the world and representatives from academia and industry participated in the three sub-challenges: synthetic depth prediction, synthetic pose prediction, and real pose prediction. This paper describes the challenge, the submitted methods, and their results. We show that depth prediction in virtual colonoscopy is robustly solvable, while pose estimation remains an open research question.

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