The Shape Language Application to Evaluation of the Vertebra Syndesmophytes Development Progress

  • Marzena BieleckaEmail author
  • Rafał Obuchowicz
  • Mariusz Korkosz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10842)


In this paper, a measure for assessment the progress of pathological changes in spine bones is introduced. The definition of the measure is based on a syntactic description of geometric features of the bone contours. The proposed approach is applied for analysis of vertebra syndesmophytes in X-ray images of the spine. It turns out that the proposed measure assesses the progress of the disease effectively. The results obtained by the algorithm based on the introduced measure are consistent with the assessment done by an expert.


Vertebrae radiographs Shape language Geometric features Syntactic description 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marzena Bielecka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rafał Obuchowicz
    • 2
  • Mariusz Korkosz
    • 3
  1. 1.Chair of Geoinformatics and Applied Computer Science, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental ProtectionAGH University of Science and TechnologyCracowPoland
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyJagiellonian University Medical CollegeCracowPoland
  3. 3.Division of Rheumatology, Departement of Internal Medicine and GerontologyJagiellonian University HospitalCracowPoland

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