Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a software that can automatically outline bones on x-ray scans.
The software can currently outline the shape of hip bones on the x-rays, but researchers are adapting it to outline knees and hands as well.
"Mapping the outlines of bones from radiographs is hard work that takes time and skill. When researchers into conditions like arthritis are working with hundreds of images, it's a very inefficient way of obtaining data," said Professor of Computer Vision, Tim Cootes. "The idea of this software is to take the routine tasks out of human hands, so scientists can focus on drawing conclusions and developing treatments."
Research groups in Oxford and California are already using this free software, the University said in a press statement.