Results of the first clinical study of BoneMRI presented at Worlds biggest MRI conference.

Montreal, Canada, May 16th, 2019 – Dr. Van der Kolk, emergency physician at ISALA hospital, Zwolle has presented the results of the clinical validation study of BoneMRI for diagnosis of patients suffering from spine diseases like a cervical hernia. The presentation, which is part of the PhD research of dr. Van der Kolk, was titled: “BoneMRI of the cervical spine: Deep learning-based radiodensity contrast generation for selective visualization of osseous structures”. The presentation harvested many positive responses at the conference.

As one of the first hospitals to embrace BoneMRI, ISALA hospital and MRIguidance have been collaborating to clinically validate BoneMRI for the cervical spine. MRIguidance has recently made BoneMRI with this application available for clinical use. “I am very happy with the results that dr Van der Kolk has presented earlier today.” says Peter Seevinck, CSO of MRIguidance, “ Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Martijn Boomsma, radiologist at Isala, and Dr. Van der Kolk we have been able to perform this interesting clinical validation study which is a true milestone towards using BoneMRI in patient care.”

From the abstract: “In this work BoneMRI is presented, a deep learning approach aiming at visualisation of radiodensity contrast by learning a mapping from MRI to CT data from 25 patients. Normal as well as pathological osseous structures in the cervical spine were clearly depicted. Quantitatively, radiodensity contrast similarity and high geometrical accuracy of vertebral dimensions was demonstrated. As BoneMRI is a 3D method it facilitates multiplanar reformatting in any desired direction. As such, BoneMRI is a promising tool for efficient morphological assessment of osseous structures without the need for ionizing radiation, simultaneously providing soft tissue contrasts in a single examination.”