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Soil images in DICOM format including Python programs for data transformation, 3D analysis, CNN traininig, CNN analysis

Cite this dataset

Wieland, Ralf (2021). Soil images in DICOM format including Python programs for data transformation, 3D analysis, CNN traininig, CNN analysis [Dataset]. Dryad.


The 'Use of Deep Learning for structural analysis of CT-images of soil samples' used a set of soil sample data (CT-images).  All the data and programs used here are open source and were created with the help of open source software. All steps are made by Python programs which are included in the data set.


Please download the *.tgz and unpack them (tar -zxvf 3086.tgz). Then you have directories with the dataset in DICOM format.
To read this data and to transfer it into a structure suitable for training neural networks the program must be called. This is done by passing parameters on the command line. To get an overview of the commands, type:

python -h creates the directory 'npy' and writes the generated data "Deutschland_3086.npy" into the directory.

In the second step the 3D analysis of the data is performed by

python -h

explains the parameters. It needs as --file the Deutschland_3086.npy and with the help of --object 1,2,3,4,5,6 or combinations of these like 1 2 the objects for the visualization can be chosen. mayavi is interactive and very interesting insights into the data can be created.

The third step is the training of deep CNN. Here Tensorflow and opencv must be installed first (see Install.txt). The training takes some time without a GPU this can be more than one hour. The program is used:

python -h

It needs the  Deutschland_3086.npy (or another file) created in the first step and an object from [1,2,3,4,5], where 5 combines the objects 5 and 6. The number of epochs was reduced to 10 due to time constraints, in the paper 100 epochs were used for the training. The model parameters (Deutschland_3086_1.h5) and its structure (Deutschland_3086_1.yaml) are located in the newly created models directory. The results of the training are stored in the directory res (Deutschland_3086_1.dat), which was also created. It should be mentioned that regularization like early stoping was not used in the example due to the limited number of epochs. It can be easily added when a GPU is available.

Perhaps the most interesting program "" evaluates the results of the training and visualizes the heatmap or the partial images for the CNN. This can be controlled with --method heatmap or --method activation. Otherwise the program needs the --file Deutschland_3086.npy the --modell Deutschland_3086_1 (without file extension) Furthermore the model layer can be created from the block2_conv2, block3_conv1 block3_conv2,... can be selected. With --slice a slice from 0..399 is selected in the spatial structure Deutschland_3086.npy. The parameter --thresh allows the adjustment of the threshold value when using the method activation.


COST Action ES1406 (KEYSOM)

COST Action ES1406 (KEYSOM)