2012 Summer Project Week:Radnostics

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Spine Segmentation & Osteoporosis Detection In CT Imaging Studies


A condition of bone mineral loss affecting the aging population

  • Impacts 200 million people WW
  • Leads to 9 million fractures each year
  • Inflicts pain, morbidity, and mortality
  • Direct annual costs: close to $20 billion in the US, €30+ billion in Europe
  • Fractures and complications are preventable with lifestyle changes, diet, and medication
  • However, Osteoporosis is largely underdiagnosed

Key Investigators

  • Radnostics: Anthony Blumfield
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Einat Blumfield, MD
  • BWH: Ron Kikinis, MD
  • Montefiore Medical Center: Ruth Freeman, MD
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Hilary Umans, MD


Radnostics Osteoporosis Detection

A solution for early diagnosis of osteoporosis

  • Tens of millions of CT scans are performed annually for various medical conditions
  • Radnostics measures osteoporosis biomarkers in CT scans and detects patients at risk
  • No need for a dedicated procedure
  • No additional radiation
  • No need for phantoms
  • 100% automated
  • Integration into the clinical workflow

Approach, Plan

Radnostics Beta 1 command line module migration to 3D Slicer v4


  • Radnostics Beta 1 command line module migrated to 3D Slicer v4
    • Blocking bugs resolved or worked around
    • Feature request 2223: Access to DICOM header info from CLI executable assigned to Jim

Delivery Mechanism

This work will be delivered to the NA-MIC Kit as a

  1. Slicer Module
    1. Extension -- commandline