September 29, 2020 | computer | No Comments
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than 3 million Americans and almost 25 percent of Pennsylvanians have osteoarthritis, a debilitating joint disease.
Currently, there is no cure. Osteoarthritis contributes to the hundreds of thousands of joint replacement surgeries performed in the U.S. each year.
Local researchers are now using artificial intelligence to identify the disease much sooner, along with a possible cure.
“This is allowing us to follow along with what the computer is seeing,” said Dr. Ken Urish, a researcher at UPMC.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have designed computer software that detects osteoarthritis years before symptoms develop.
“The biggest lesson I have learned from my job is that people completely take for granted the ability to walk a block and not have it hurt,” said Dr. Urish.
The disease is typically diagnosed using a standard grayscale MRI. It’s only visible once the cartilage has