Big Data Mining and Analytics


coronavirus, COVID-19, deep learning, convolution neural network, X-Ray images


Coronavirus disease 2019 also known as COVID-19 has become a pandemic. The disease is caused by a beta coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The severity of the disease can be understood by the massive number of deaths and affected patients globally. If the diagnosis is fast-paced, the disease can be controlled in a better manner. Laboratory tests are available for diagnosis, but they are bounded by available testing kits and time. The use of radiological examinations that comprise Computed Tomography (CT) can be used for the diagnosis of the disease. Specifically, chest X-Ray images can be analysed to identify the presence of COVID-19 in a patient. In this paper, an automated method for the diagnosis of COVID-19 from the chest X-Ray images is proposed. The method presents an improved depthwise convolution neural network for analysing the chest X-Ray images. Wavelet decomposition is applied to integrate multiresolution analysis in the network. The frequency sub-bands obtained from the input images are fed in the network for identifying the disease. The network is designed to predict the class of the input image as normal, viral pneumonia, and COVID-19. The predicted output from the model is combined with Grad-CAM visualization for diagnosis. A comparative study with the existing methods is also performed. The metrics like accuracy, sensitivity, and F1-measure are calculated for performance evaluation. The performance of the proposed method is better than the existing methodologies and thus can be used for the effective diagnosis of the disease.


Tsinghua University Press