Project title: Automated Assessment of Joint Synovitis Activity from Medical Ultrasound and Power Doppler Examinations using Image Processing and Machine Learning Methods 

Acronym: MEDUSA

Project Promoter: Silesian University of Technology

Polish partners: Polish Japanese Academy of Information Technology; Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment ITAM

Norwegian Partners: Helse Førde HF; Sogn og Fjordane University College

Project cost (EUR): 952 992

Grant amount (EUR): 952 992

Duration: 40 months

 

www:  www.medusa.aei.polsl.pl

 

Project summary:

Chronic arthritis is a heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by long-lasting inflammation of joints. The estimated prevalence rate of chronic arthritis is up to 1.5% of population and it causes substantial functional disability in approximately 50% patients after 10 years.
The objective of the project is to create a computer aid diagnostic system that can automatically assess the activity of synovitis. This system will eliminate human dependent discrepancies and also will reduce the cost of ultrasound images evaluation, save physicians’ time and will result in increased availability of health care personnel at lower costs.
Project partners will, in collaboration, focus on developing technology for automated assessment of joint synovitis activity which will support medical ultrasound and Power Doppler examinations used in rheumatology.  Novel methods for automated analysis and measurement of ultrasound images will improve the quality and the repeatability of assessments and will support better control of the disease.  New research initiatives, but also new multidisciplinary research works related to Medicine and Computer Science are expected.

The main expected  outputs of MEDUSA project are:

  • a medical informatics system that will be able to assess activity of synovitis in the joints of hand. The system will be modular and compatible with DICOM format,
  • a database of ultrasound images, which can be used in development of the automated system. Images will be collected from patients with chronic arthritis during routine visits,
  • a system that will allow an expert to quickly and accurately annotate ultrasound images from the database, system will be validated for clinical compatibility, with accuracy and repeatability verified in clinical trials with arthritis patients,
  • MEDUSA project will reduce the cost of ultrasound images evaluation, save physicians’ time and will result in increased availability of health care personnel at lower costs.
 

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