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Author (up) Joan M. Nuñez edit   pdf
  Title Computer vision techniques for characterization of finger joints in X-ray image Type Report
  Year 2011 Publication CVC Technical Report Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 165 Issue Pages  
  Keywords Rheumatoid arthritis, X-ray, Sharp Van der Heijde, joint characterization, sclerosis detection, bone detection, edge, ridge  
  Abstract Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory type of arthritis which mainly affects hands on its first stages. Though it is a chronic disease and there is no cure for it, treatments require an accurate assessment of illness evolution. Such assessment is based on evaluation of hand X-ray images by using one of the several available semi-quantitative methods. This task requires highly trained medical personnel. That is why the automation of the assessment would allow professionals to save time and effort. Two stages are involved in this task. Firstly, the joint detection, afterwards, the joint characterization. Unlike the little existing previous work, this contribution clearly separates those two stages and sets the foundations of a modular assessment system focusing on the characterization stage. A hand joint dataset is created and an accurate data analysis is achieved in order to identify relevant features. Since the sclerosis and the lower bone were decided to be the most important features, different computer vision techniques were used in order to develop a detector system for both of them. Joint space width measures are provided and their correlation with Sharp-Van der Heijde is verified  
  Address Bellaterra (Barcelona)  
  Corporate Author Computer Vision Center Thesis Master's thesis  
  Publisher Place of Publication Editor Dr. Fernando Vilariño and Dra. Debora Gil  
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  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes MV;IAM; Approved no  
  Call Number IAM @ iam @ Nuñ2011 Serial 1795  
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