Dual Parallel Reverse Attention Edge Network : DPRA-EdgeNet


  • Debayan Bhattacharya Hamburg University of Technology
  • Christian Betz Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Dennis Eggert Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Alexander Schlaefer Hamburg University of Technology




polyp segmentation, attention gates, deep learning, colon cancer, polyp, medical image segmentation


  • DPRA-EdgeNet In this paper, we propose Dual Parallel Reverse Attention Edge Network (DPRA-EdgeNet), an architecture that jointly learns to segment an object and its edge. Specifically, the model uses two cascaded partial decoders to form two initial estimates of the object segmentation map and its corresponding edge map. This is followed by a series of object decoders and edge decoders which work in conjunction with dual parallel reverse attention modules. The dual parallel reverse attention (DPRA) modules repeatedly prunes the features at multiple scales to put emphasis on the object segmentation and the edge segmentation respectively. Furthermore, we propose a novel decoder block that uses spatial and channel attention to combine features from the preceding decoder block and reverse attention (RA) modules for object and edge segmentation. We compare our model against popular segmentation models such as U-Net, SegNet and PraNet and demonstrate through a five fold cross validation experiment that our model improves the segmentation accuracy significantly on the Kvasir-SEG dataset and Kvasir-Instrument dataset.