QNotes, Vol. 6, Issue 6

Qmetrics recently collected some test MRI scans taken to further research and development of automated segmentation technologies.

Upon performing the segmentation and rendering the MRI into a 3D image the team noted that one of the volunteers is shown to have an osteophyte on the medial femoral condyle.

The osteophyte is circled by the yellow oval and can be seen as a ridge or protrusion that is extruding from the medial edge of the condyle.

The osteophyte is circled by the yellow oval and can be seen as a ridge or protrusion that is extruding from the medial edge of the condyle.

MRI Image of an Osteophyte on the Medial Condyle

MRI Image of an Osteophyte on the Medial Condyle

In looking at the MRI image and the 3D rendered image, the osteophyte is circled in both. Osteophytes are bony lumps that grow on the bones and are common in older patients. They are part of the diagnostic criteria that a joint is affected by osteoarthritis, though may be in the early stages of the disease.

Having the MRI and 3D rendering side-by-side provides an excellent example of how Qmetrics 3D imaging capabilities can enhance communication with patients. Although commonly viewed in profile with a traditional MRI or X-ray, viewing them in 3D has only recently become practical in clinical settings. The bone spurs are much easier for a layperson to identify in the 3D rendering. This would indicate that for persons with no imaging background, a 3D rendering may be a better tool for physicians to use when explaining the diagnoses and treatment options for patients.

To learn more about the 3D imaging options Qmetrics offers to clinical practices, researchers and orthopedic manufacturers, please contact us.

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