Dr. Turmezei and his team were interested in developing a method to help physicians get a jump on early diagnosis of osteoarthritis in the hope that early treatment may slow disease progression. Lifestyle modifications, such as weight loss, and physical therapy that strengthens muscles supporting joints can help delay arthritis progression, and pain relievers can control symptoms up to a point. However, none of these can ensure a patient’s arthritis will not progress to the point the patient requires surgery.
“Nonetheless, if we can identify those at risk of joint disease earlier, these supportive therapies stand more chance of being effective for longer,” says Dr. Turmezei, whose areas of expertise include osteoarthritis, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, medical image analysis and 3D mesh processing from the university’s engineering department.
‘If we can identify those at risk of joint disease earlier, these supportive therapies stand more chance of being effective for longer.’ —Dr. Turmezei