A Shape Description Language for Osteophytes Detection in Upper Surfaces of the Metacarpophalangeal Joints

  • Marzena Bielecka
  • Andrzej Bielecki
  • Mariusz Korkosz
  • Marek Skomorowski
  • Kamila Sprężak
  • Wadim Wojciechowski
  • Bartosz Zieliński
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 95)


In this paper, the successive module of the computer system for hand diseases diagnosis support is presented. Based on the upper surface borders of the metacarpophalangeal joints, syntactic description is constructed. Then, it is analysed to verify if considered border contains osteophytes. As has been presented, shape description introduced in this paper can be used to distinguish contour of the upper surface with and without osteophytes. This kind of diversification is required to build an intelligent system for joint diseases diagnosis.


Middle Point Metacarpophalangeal Joint Joint Location Tangent Angle Hand Radiograph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marzena Bielecka
    • 1
  • Andrzej Bielecki
    • 2
  • Mariusz Korkosz
    • 3
  • Marek Skomorowski
    • 2
  • Kamila Sprężak
    • 4
  • Wadim Wojciechowski
    • 4
  • Bartosz Zieliński
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geoinformatics and Applied Computer Science, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental ProtectionAGH University of Science and TechnologyCracowPoland
  2. 2.Institute of Computer ScienceJagiellonian UniversityCracowPoland
  3. 3.Division of Rheumatology, Departement of Internal Medicine and GerontologyJagiellonian University HospitalCracowPoland
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyJagiellonian University, Collegium MedicumCracowPoland

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