Qmetrics’ Senior Medical Scientist, Joshua M. Farber, MD to Attend RSNA 2018

Joshua M. Farber, MD

Joshua M. Farber, MD

Joshua M. Farber, MD, Senior Medical Scientist, Qmetrics, will be at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting from November 25 – 30, 2018 at the McCormick Place in Chicago to meet with colleagues and discuss trends in radiology. Dr. Farber is available to discuss Qmetrics’ offerings with RSNA attendees.

Qmetrics Technologies is a specialized medical imaging service organization that delivers high quality medical image-based services and products to the healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and clinical practices. Its accurate image segmentation, 3D modeling and quantitative analysis provide a powerful combination of scientific and medical expertise, allowing clients to more efficiently determine therapeutic efficacy with precise, reliable and measurable results.

Anyone interested in meeting with Dr. Farber or for more information about Qmetrics should contact us.

Qmetrics Technologies Releases Line of Products to Improve Quality of MRI Scans

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Qmetrics Technologies is pleased to announce a new line of branded products available to researchers and others relying on quality images generated from MRI scan. The products include a foot rest, UAL Phantom and T2 Phantom Belt, and each can help MRI technicians take high quality scans with reduced noise from patient motion, signal inhomogeneities or variance across scanners.

“Through the many years of clinical trial support we’ve provided, we’ve had to exclude multiple scans from studies because they were compromised during the actual scanning process,” commented Edward Schreyer, CEO, Qmetrics.  “Qmetrics has developed three products that if used consistently and correctly can maximize the quality of scans, and minimize the number of exclusions or rescans required which add time and cost to a study.” These materials have been provided to Qmetrics’ clients and research partners, but are now available for general purchase.

Foot Rest

Patient discomfort is a significant contributor to motion artifacts. It is hard for patients to remain still during a scan. The Qmetrics footrest is designed to provide a secure anchor for patients’ feet to be taped during an imaging study, reducing any “wiggling,” which may compromise the quality of the scan.  The footrest can be purchased for $125 USD, plus shipping and any applicable taxes.

Uniformity and Linearity (UAL) Phantom

Qmetrics' UAL Phantom

Qmetrics’ UAL Phantom

Our UAL phantom’s large fill ports make filling and draining quick and easy.  The large flange and seamless tub are rugged and designed to endure handling, storage and shipping without springing leaks.  Qmetrics’ UAL phantom provides both a geometric grid and flood portion, so you can generate proof of a homogenous B0 magnetic field and proper coil performance.  Collect evidence of image quality before and during your study with routine scans of our Qmetrics UAL phantom. The UAL Phantom can be purchased for $1,750 USD, plus shipping and any applicable taxes.

T2 Phantom Belt

Our T2 belt provides a convenient means of adding T2 (spin-spin) relaxation time (time required for transverse magnetization signal to decay to 1/e of its original value) signal markers to your image data during acquisition.  The belt contains 5 small vials with varying copper sulfate solution calibrated for T2 values of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 60ms in an adjustable Velcro-close belt.  This supports the standardization of data acquired on multiple scanners for accurate and consistent data pooling. The T2 Phantom Belt can be purchased for $1,500 USD, plus shipping and any applicable taxes

To inquire about purchasing any of these products, please contact us.

 

Qmetrics’ Representative heads to the NASS 2018 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles from September 26 – 29

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Qmetrics will be at NASS 2018 to represent ePoster P42, “Preliminary Validation of a Machine-Learning MRI-Based Algorithm to Identify Patients with Functional Impairment Associated with Lumbar Stenosis,authored by Jose G Tamez-Pena, PhD1; Saara M Totterman, MD, PhD2; Maria Frazer, BS3; Joshua M Farber, MD4; Patricia C Gonzalez, BS, MBA5; Stephanie Northwood, BA3; Edward H Schreyer, BS2; Nicholas Olin, BS6; and John Markman, MD7. (1Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; 2Qmetrics Technologies, Pittsford, NY, US; 3Rochester, NY, US; 4Pittsford, NY, US; 5IMITEK S C, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Neuvo Leon, Mexico; 6University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, US; 7University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US)

The ePoster summarizes a study whose purpose was to identify MRI features that correlate with the evoked symptom pattern of neurogenic claudication using a novel machine learning algorithm. Qmetrics provided the MRI analysis and machine learning algorithm/data.

3D Rendering of Spinal Malalignment

3D Rendering of Spinal Malalignment

The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a global multidisciplinary medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest quality, ethical,​ value- and evidence-based spine care for patients.

Anyone interested in more information about Qmetrics should contact us.

Qmetrics Technologies Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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This June, Qmetrics Technologies celebrates its tenth anniversary of the official launch of the company as an LLC.  From a small organization whose first offices were in the spare rooms of a co-founder’s house, Qmetrics is now recognized as a trusted, worldwide leader in 3D medical modeling and image analysis.

Seated, L - R; Edward Schreyer, CEO; José Tamez-Peña, PhD, CTO Standing, L - R: Patricia C. González, COO; Saara M. Totterman, MD, PhD, CMO

Seated, L – R; Edward Schreyer, CEO; José Tamez-Peña, PhD, CTO
Standing, L – R: Patricia C. González, COO; Saara M. Totterman, MD, PhD, CMO

Beginning in 2008, Qmetrics established a global business headquartered in Pittsford, NY, and serving academic and commercial customers in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.  The Qmetrics team has dedicated themselves to achieving the initial goal established years ago by co-founders Saara Totterman, MD, PhD, and JoséTamez-Peña, PhD, to use advanced imaging technology to improve healthcare.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of bringing 3D to healthcare research and practice.  As technology has advanced, the obstacles to applying 3D to studying  the human body have become smaller.  We are excited to begin our next decade helping researchers and clinicians see and understand medical imaging data in full-color 3D, rather than simply numbers and grayscale sections.”

Qmetrics is proud of the company’s first ten years and over the next 10 days will post a look back at some of the past decade’s highlights, while looking forward to even greater success in the next decade.

How Medical Imaging Might Benefit Olympic Athletes

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The world is eagerly enjoying the gathering of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The ceremony and drama of top athletes proudly competing for their countries is always cause for excitement.

Olympic athletes spend their whole lives conditioning their bodies and perfecting their skills to have the chance to go for the gold, and they must take special care and precaution to avoid injury. With the Olympic motto being, “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” many athletes push themselves during demanding practices and during their medal performances, creating a risk for injury, and such injuries suffered by Olympic athletes are often orthopedic in nature.

A sampling of some Olympic sports and their risk include:

3D Image of Biomechanical Abnormality due to ACL Injury

3D Image of Biomechanical Abnormality due to ACL Injury

  • Skiers and snowboarders risk high-impact injuries as they pursue faster speeds and higher “air”. Hockey players and figure skaters can be injured during collisions and falls.
  • Sprains, twists, fractures and bruising are the most common types of cross-country skiing injuries, with the knees being the most often injured body part, followed by the arm, hand, and ankle.  Thumb injuries are also common, as people tend to retain their hold on their ski pole as they fall.
  • Figure skaters suffer both overuse and traumatic injuries. About half of all injuries are caused by overuse and are preventable. Singles skaters have a higher incidence of overuse injuries, while pair skaters and ice dancers are more prone to traumatic injuries.
  • Even curling requires strength, stamina, flexibility and core stability. When players throw the curling “rock” nearly every bodily joint is involved, and there is risk of injury. The most common curling injuries are musculoskeletal in nature and most often affect the shoulders, knees and back.

When athletes are injured, medical imaging plays a critical role in their treatment. Securing high quality images to help assess the extent of injury allows the attending physician to determine the most appropriate course of treatment that can heal the injury and help get the athlete back in competition more quickly.

Qmetrics Technologies 3D visualization of medical images offers could prove highly beneficial for sports medicine providers and orthopedic surgeons treating athletes. Our technology generates a patient-specific 3D virtual replicate of articular bones and cartilage from MRI and CT images, allows physicians and patients to better understand the information in the MR or CT scan and the radiologist’s report. By providing more detail from a non-invasive scan, this may help prevent invasive exploratory diagnostics techniques that could keep an athlete sidelined unnecessarily

The hope of all athletes, coachers, trainers, physicians and fans is that no injuries will occur during practice or competition. It is Qmetrics’ vision to advance imaging technologies to support better understanding and treatment of injury and disease.

 

 

Bone Marrow Edema

What is Bone Marrow Edema?

Bone marrow is a spongy and flexible structure present inside bones and is involved in the generation of new blood cells such as RBC, WBC, and platelets. These blood cells are involved in oxygen transport, fighting infection and blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding from an injury.

Bone Marrow Edema in 3D, juxtaposed the 2D MRI

Bone Marrow Edema in 3D, juxtaposed the 2D MRI

Causes

The main causes responsible for bone marrow edema include:

  • Bone Fractures
  • Ligament Injury
  • Bone Bruises
  • Medical conditions such as synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane, lining the joints)
  • Joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis
  • Bone Tumors

Signs and symptoms

Bone marrow edema may or may not show any symptoms. The main symptom associated with BME is pain in the affected bone and severity of the pain depends upon the underlying cause (s). Other symptoms include dysfunction of the bone or joint, due to the accumulated fluid.

Diagnosis

Bone marrow edema can be diagnosed through a widely used imaging technique, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Treatment

The treatment of bone marrow edema depends upon the underlying causes involved for inflammation and fluid accumulation. Symptoms of BME can be alleviated through adequate care of involved injuries and specific management of the underlying medical conditions. The treatment options include rest, medications, steroid injections or surgery. Surgery is recommended only when non-surgical interventions fail to provide any relief from the symptoms of BME. Surgery is preferred in conditions such as to repair the damaged ligament, pin fractures and for removing tumors. Current treatment of bone marrow edema does not cure the condition, but only helps in alleviating the associated symptoms.

The Osteoarthritis Initiative – a Gem For OA Researchers

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The Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) is a nationwide research study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (part of the Department of Health & Human Services), that will help us better understand how to prevent and treat knee osteoarthritis, one of the most common causes of disability in adults.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and the major cause of activity limitation and physical disability in older people. Today, 35 million people (13 percent of the U.S. population) are 65 and older, and more than half of them have radiological evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint. By 2030, 20 percent of Americans (about 70 million people) will have passed their 65th birthday and will be at risk for OA.

The Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) is a multi-center, longitudinal, prospective observational study of knee osteoarthritis (OA). The overall aim of the OAI is to develop a public domain research resource to facilitate the scientific evaluation of biomarkers for osteoarthritis as potential surrogate endpoints for disease onset and progression.

Qmetrics gratefully utilizes the vast image and clinical data collected by the OAI to refine image analysis technology and to contribute to a better understanding of the causes and effects of OA. Qmetrics’ scientific and medical team have used OAI data for abstracts and posters at various scientific meetings, including this poster at the 2016 OARSI World Congress, “Detecting subjects at risk of radiological progression: Data from the OAI.”

 

Qmetrics – A Family Friendly Work Environment

Family-friendly Qmetrics has space for employees' children to stay on emergency days off from school.

Family-friendly Qmetrics has space for employees’ children to stay on emergency days off from school.

With the single digits and below zero windchills in the Northeast, several schools have closed.  Qmetrics understands the challenges of finding child care on short notice, so allows employees’ children a space to come during emergency school closings. Here are two temporary Qmetrics workers finishing their homework and getting a lesson on anatomy.  Possible future image analysts?

Qmetrics Technologies Signs Partnership Agreement with French Company Olea Medical

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Olea Medical Integrates the Cartilage Segmentation Technology Into Olea Sphere®V3.0.

Qmetrics Technologies is pleased to announce it has signed a licensing agreement with Olea Medical®, a Toshiba Medical company, headquartered in France, which is a provider of the innovative MR and CT imaging post-processing solutions, Olea Sphere®. Qmetrics is licensing its segmentation technology to Olea for integration with their software products.

L to R: Edward Schreyer, Qmetrics' CEO and Eric Marchand of Olea Medical

L to R: Edward Schreyer, Qmetrics’ CEO and Eric Marchand of Olea Medical

“Through this partnership, we can help Olea bring advanced cartilage segmentation capabilities to their customers, an additional benefit for them,” commented Edward Schreyer, CEO, Qmetrics Technologies. “The agreement helps Qmetrics further our goal of bringing advanced imaging information to patients and care providers.”

“We are always looking to provide our customers with enhanced and expanded imaging capabilities and this is a significant add-on to our advanced MSK solutions offering”, said Fayçal Djeridane, Olea Medical®’s Chief Executive Officer. ”Radiologists specialized in MSK and sports medicine worldwide will have access to innovative advanced postprocessing technology allowing them to deliver better patient care in their daily practice.”

According to Bruno Triaire, Olea Medical®’s Chief Medical Officer, “This will allow us to expand our osteoarticular MRI services by adding automatic cartilage segmentation. Degenerative cartilage pathologies are becoming increasingly common and new treatments depend on this technology. This solution will help us consolidate our position as an MRI imaging expert in the sports medicine field.”

Qmetrics provides 3D Segmentation & Modeling services to physicians, academic and industry researchers, educators and others interested in 3D segmentations of anatomy. The 3D segmentation and resulting models may be be useful to physicians in visualizing injury or disease and patient communication; build accurate finite models for tissue engineering, prosthesis design, etc.; for students to visualize or print clinical cases for presentation or publication; and even for the general public interested in learning more about anatomy.

For more information about the 3D Segmentation Service and how to submit a scan, contact Qmetrics at 3Dqmetrics@qmetricstech.com. Examples of some models can be viewed here.