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3D-IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR HELPING PHYSICIANS IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND MONITORING OF SCOLIOSIS

Objective

Scoliosis is a three-dimensional (3D) deformity of the human spinal column and ribcage, caused by lateral curvature deviating from the midline and provoking acute pain, stomach and respiratory problems. This internal deformity is reflected in the external shape of the back; treatment aims at improving the health and the aesthetics of the patients.
From the health point of view, the golden standard for diagnosing and monitoring scoliosis is the Cobb angle which refers to the internal curvature of the spine (by means of radiographs); from the external or aesthetic point of view there are a well-known variety of measurements and surface indices that quantify the severity of scoliosis.
Many studies show that it is not possible to predict the Cobb angle by means of previous X-rays, nor to infer a concrete value of the Cobb angle by means only of surface indices, because radiograph and surface topography measurements are not redundant, but complementary. Nevertheless, although it is not possible to eliminate X-ray radiographs, their number can be reduced to a large extent by an adequate combination of surface and radiographic measurements; different studies show that the reduction in the number of radiographs is very important because patients with scoliosis have higher risk of cancer due to repeated radiation exposure.
SCOLIO-SEE is a software and hardware system that, for the first time, will combine the data obtained by both radiographic and surface topography techniques; this matching between internal and external deformation will permit monitoring spine curvature evolution after treatment by analyzing only surface changes, reducing the number of radiographs needed to a level that it is not harmful for the patients. Additionally, a software module will be developed to compare the 3D images taken for each individual patient in two successive visits, to show the 3D-changes occurred in the whole back surface occurred in this time interval.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
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Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Szathmáry (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 44 468,26

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DIERS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 932,09
Address
Dillenbergweg 4
65388 Schlangenbad

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Loretta Zircher (Mr.)
INFOMETRIA IPIRESIES GEOPLIROFORIKIS EPE
Greece
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€ 245 140,33
Address
Mitropoleos 110
54621 Thessaloniki

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Themistocles Roustanis (Mr.)
NEOVISION SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 230 614,21
Address
Barrandova 409
143 00 Praha

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Palatka (Mr.)
REHASPORT CLINIC SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 237 234,49
Address
Ulica Gorecka 30
60-201 Poznan

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tomasz Piontek (Dr.)
ISICO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 24 808
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Via Bellarmino Roberto 13 1
20141 Milano

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Negrini (Mr.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
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€ 4 560
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Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Mrs.)
GEOIMAGING LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 11 998,51
Address
Perikleous 47 Strovolos
2021 Lefkosia

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aristodimos Anastasiadis (Mr.)