Three-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Bone Models of the Hip Joint Using Deep Learning: Dynamic Simulation of Hip Impingement for Diagnosis of Intra- and Extra-articular Hip Impingement

Zeng, Guodong; Degonda, Celia; Boschung, Adam; Schmaranzer, Florian; Gerber, Nicolas; Siebenrock, Klaus-A.; Steppacher, Simon D.; Tannast, Moritz; Lerch, Till (2021). Three-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Bone Models of the Hip Joint Using Deep Learning: Dynamic Simulation of Hip Impingement for Diagnosis of Intra- and Extra-articular Hip Impingement. Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine, 9(12), pp. 1-11. Sage Publications 10.1177/23259671211046916

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Dynamic 3-dimensional (3D) simulation of hip impingement enables better understanding of complex hip deformities in young adult patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Deep learning algorithms may improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) segmentation.

(1) To evaluate the accuracy of 3D models created using convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for fully automatic MRI bone segmentation of the hip joint, (2) to correlate hip range of motion (ROM) between manual and automatic segmentation, and (3) to compare location of hip impingement in 3D models created using automatic bone segmentation in patients with FAI.

Study Design:
Cohort study (diagnosis); Level of evidence, 3.

The authors retrospectively reviewed 31 hip MRI scans from 26 symptomatic patients (mean age, 27 years) with hip pain due to FAI. All patients had matched computed tomography (CT) and MRI scans of the pelvis and the knee. CT- and MRI-based osseous 3D models of the hip joint of the same patients were compared (MRI: T1 volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination high-resolution sequence; 0.8 mm3 isovoxel). CNNs were used to develop fully automatic bone segmentation of the hip joint, and the 3D models created using this method were compared with manual segmentation of CT- and MRI-based 3D models. Impingement-free ROM and location of hip impingement were calculated using previously validated collision detection software.

The difference between the CT- and MRI-based 3D models was <1 mm, and the difference between fully automatic and manual segmentation of MRI-based 3D models was <1 mm. The correlation of automatic and manual MRI-based 3D models was excellent and significant for impingement-free ROM (r = 0.995; P < .001), flexion (r = 0.953; P < .001), and internal rotation at 90° of flexion (r = 0.982; P < .001). The correlation for impingement-free flexion between automatic MRI-based 3D models and CT-based 3D models was 0.953 (P < .001). The location of impingement was not significantly different between manual and automatic segmentation of MRI-based 3D models, and the location of extra-articular hip impingement was not different between CT- and MRI-based 3D models.

CNN can potentially be used in clinical practice to provide rapid and accurate 3D MRI hip joint models for young patients. The created models can be used for simulation of impingement during diagnosis of intra- and extra-articular hip impingement to enable radiation-free and patient-specific surgical planning for hip arthroscopy and open hip preservation surgery.

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UniBE Contributor:

Zeng, Guodong, Boschung, Adam, Schmaranzer, Florian, Gerber, Nicolas, Siebenrock, Klaus-Arno, Steppacher, Simon Damian, Tannast, Moritz, Lerch, Till


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Sage Publications




Nicolas Gerber

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19 Jan 2022 11:06

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