Cartilage degeneration leading to osteoarthritis is a major health problem. Standard imaging using radiography displays only late-stage osteoarthritis such as loss of cartilage. On MRI, advanced techniques have been evolved to detect early changes in cartilage. The department of orthopaedic surgery is involved in the evolution and application of newer techniques to analyze early changes in cartilage.
High field MRI, such as the 7T MRI in the sitem Center, improve the imaging quality and open new possibilities to analyze healthy, damaged as well as regenerated cartilage. Using artificial intelligence for automatic MR segmentation, 3D models of bone, cartilage and labrum are created to improve preoperative imaging and facilitate surgical decision making.
7T MRI in the ankle joint for assessment of regenerated cartilage
Artificial intelligence for automatic 3D segmentation of hip MRI including cartilage and labrum