A decision support tool for early detection of knee OsteoArthritis using X-ray imaging and machine learning: Data from the OsteoArthritis Initiative

Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2019 Apr:73:11-18. doi: 10.1016/j.compmedimag.2019.01.007. Epub 2019 Jan 29.


This paper presents a fully developed computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system for early knee OsteoArthritis (OA) detection using knee X-ray imaging and machine learning algorithms. The X-ray images are first preprocessed in the Fourier domain using a circular Fourier filter. Then, a novel normalization method based on predictive modeling using multivariate linear regression (MLR) is applied to the data in order to reduce the variability between OA and healthy subjects. At the feature selection/extraction stage, an independent component analysis (ICA) approach is used in order to reduce the dimensionality. Finally, Naive Bayes and random forest classifiers are used for the classification task. This novel image-based approach is applied on 1024 knee X-ray images from the public database OsteoArthritis Initiative (OAI). The results show that the proposed system has a good predictive classification rate for OA detection (82.98% for accuracy, 87.15% for sensitivity and up to 80.65% for specificity).

Keywords: Classification; Computer aided diagnosis system; Intensity normalization; OsteoArthritis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Early Diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Machine Learning*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / diagnostic imaging*
  • X-Rays