Application of a novel deep learning technique using CT images for COVID-19 diagnosis on embedded systems

ULUTAŞ H., ŞAHİN M., Karakus M. O.

Alexandria Engineering Journal, vol.74, pp.345-358, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 74
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.aej.2023.05.036
  • Journal Name: Alexandria Engineering Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.345-358
  • Keywords: Classification, CNN, COVID-19, CovidxNet-CT, CT images, Deep Learning, Jetson
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Problem: A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a worldwide pneumonia epidemic, and it's important to make a computer-aided way for doctors to use computed tomography (CT) images to find people with COVID-19 as soon as possible. Aim: A fully automated, novel deep-learning method for diagnosis and prognostic analysis of COVID-19 on the embedded system is presented. Methods: In this study, CT scans are utilized to identify individuals with COVID-19, pneumonia, or normal class. To achieve classification two pre-trained CNN models, namely ResNet50 and MobileNetv2, which are commonly used for image classification tasks. Additionally, a novel CNN architecture called CovidxNet-CT is introduced specifically designed for COVID-19 diagnosis using three classes of CT scans. To evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed method, k-fold cross-validation is employed, which is a common approach to estimate the performance of deep learning. The study is also evaluated the proposed method on two embedded system platforms, Jetson Nano and Tx2, to demonstrate its feasibility for deployment in resource-constrained environments. Results: With an average accuracy of %98.83 and an AUC of 0.988, the system is trained and verified using a 4 fold cross-validation approach. Conclusion: The optimistic outcomes from the investigation propose that CovidxNet-CT has the capacity to support radiologists and contribute towards the efforts to combat COVID-19. This study proposes a fully automated, deep-learning-based method for COVID-19 diagnosis and prognostic analysis that is specifically designed for use on embedded systems.