A comprehensive survey of deep learning research on medical image analysis with focus on transfer learning

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      • We review current work in the field of medical image analysis based on medical organ-based from a computer science perspective.
      • Information on the most effective TL techniques, methods and datasets for each anatomical region.
      • Difficulties, limitations and solutions to the implementation of DL and TL.
      • Discussion on current research gaps and future research trends.


      This survey aims to identify commonly used methods, datasets, future trends, knowledge gaps, constraints, and limitations in the field to provide an overview of current solutions used in medical image analysis in parallel with the rapid developments in transfer learning (TL). Unlike previous studies, this survey grouped the last five years of current studies for the period between January 2017 and February 2021 according to different anatomical regions and detailed the modality, medical task, TL method, source data, target data, and public or private datasets used in medical imaging. Also, it provides readers with detailed information on technical challenges, opportunities, and future research trends. In this way, an overview of recent developments is provided to help researchers to select the most effective and efficient methods and access widely used and publicly available medical datasets, research gaps, and limitations of the available literature.


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