Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) is an emerging research topic of machine learning aimed at unboxing how AI systems’ black-box choices are made. This research field inspects the measures and models involved in decision-making and seeks solutions to explain them explicitly. Many of the machine learning algorithms cannot manifest how and why a decision has been cast. This is particularly true of the most popular deep neural network approaches currently in use. Consequently, our confidence in AI systems can be hindered by the lack of explainability in these black-box models. The XAI becomes more and more crucial for deep learning powered applications, especially for medical and healthcare studies, although in general these deep neural networks can return an arresting dividend in performance. The insufficient explainability and transparency in most existing AI systems can be one of the major reasons that successful implementation and integration of AI tools into routine clinical practice are uncommon. In this study, we first surveyed the current progress of XAI and in particular its advances in healthcare applications. We then introduced our solutions for XAI leveraging multi-modal and multi-centre data fusion, and subsequently validated in two showcases following real clinical scenarios. Comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analyses can prove the efficacy of our proposed XAI solutions, from which we can envisage successful applications in a broader range of clinical questions.
We performed a mini-review for XAI in medicine and digital healthcare.
Our mini-review is comprehensive on most recent studies of XAI in the medical field.
We proposed two XAI methods and constructed two representative showcases.
One of our XAI models is based on weakly supervised learning for COVID-19 classification.
One of our XAI models is developed for ventricle segmentation in hydrocephalus patients.