About our research
Our goal is to develop a novel method for predicting osteoarthritis (OA). An early prediction of OA is crucial for mitigating effects of the disease and ensuring an effective treatment. In the long run, an early prediction will spare patients a lot of pain and healthcare providers a lot of costs.
Currently, OA risk analyses are performed by examining parameters like the joint space width (JSW). However, these parameters are not satisfactory predictors. We believe that the key to an early prediction lies in analyzing the fine details of the bone micro architecture. These are details which are contained in X-ray images long before they are visible to the human eye. This was achieved by a newly-developed fractal- and entropy-based bone texture analysis. This analysis was used in combination with the JSW and the joint space area (JSA). Using hundreds of radiographs from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST), we were able to show that the combination of our algorithms with JSW, JSA and clinical features were significantly better than using joint space measures and clinical features alone.
Find out more about the ImageBiopsy Lab Bone Micro Architecture Analysis here!
The Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) is the leading medical society dedicated to investigating the prevention, prediction and treatment of OA. They are the central driving force in OA research. OARSI have built a framework in which international researchers and healthcare professionals team up to address the challenges of OA. The annual World Congress on Osteoarthritis provides an excellent opportunity to connect with experts from various fields of science, healthcare and policy-making. This year’s OARSI 2018 will be held at the ACC Congress Center in Liverpool, UK from 26-29 April.
We are honored to present at OARSI 2018! Hear our presentation on 28 April during the “OA Imaging” session from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. You will not be disappointed!