What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis in the UK. The main symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA) being joint pain and stiffness, and problems moving the joint. An estimated 8.75 million people in the UK have seen a doctor about osteoarthritis, whilst there isn’t an exact known cause for OA there are few things that increase the risk of Osteoarthritis.

Who’s at risk of arthritis?

1. Age ( typically older ages)
2. Joint injury (previous and current injuries to joint puts you at risk of having arthritis)
3. Obesity
4. Secondary arthritis

Osteoarthritis is common in the ages 45 and older, regular exercise is highly recommended as well wearing suitable footwear. Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition, so it’s important to receive support with any issue and challenges it brings. Pain can make it difficult to get on with your everyday activities whether at home, work or in your leisure time. Pain is not only physical but emotional too. Symptoms of arthritis can vary from week to week and even day to day in some cases.

How can artificial intelligence help?

Because Osteoarthritis is so common we have partnered with A local doctor in computer science (computational intelligence) to help diagnose Osteoarthritis earlier, helping you manage and treat it much earlier. Using the latest AI technology to accurately help physicians identify and assess the progression of the disease as well as potential early signs of osteoarthritis onset.

Dr Richard Ljuhar stated ‘’the radiologist or orthopaedic can spend more time on deciding the appropriate management option than identifying patients’’. Because of this we  believe that this new technology will be a great way to tackle backlogs within hospitals and clinics putting patient safety first.

AI is already storming its way through the image diagnostic industry from image analysis, workflow applications and intelligent medical imaging machines. AI- supported image analysis can assist with improving accuracy, and predictability. With MRI, CT and digital X-RAY being the top modalities used to diagnose arthritis.

Because of the many benefits that AI in radiology presents we are proud to support this so we can tackle Osteoarthritis faster.

How can you help?

We want our research to be as accurate as it can be, because of  this we are seeking generous professionals who can offer data to help with further research. We are in need of X-ray images of bone textures in OA and Control subjects. No confidential patient information in needed for this research, we will abide by the GDPR regulations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@fusion-radiology.com


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