Anant Madabhushi team awarded patent on image analytics for evaluating cancer treatment response

Anant Madabhushi, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, was recently awarded U.S. patent: 9,262,583, titled “Image similarity-based finite element model registration.”
U.S. patent 9,262,583 relates to a method and apparatus associated with evaluating global deformations and local deformations in a prostate following cancer treatment.

One example of the application of this technology is in capturing changes within prostate following treatment for prostate cancer via pre-external beam radiation treatment (EBRT) where the prostate has been imaged via three-dimensional magnetic resonance image before and after radiotherapy.
The technology involves extracting image texture information from the pre-EBRT and post-EBRT images and employing it to construct a finite element model in order to co-register and hence capture the differences between the deformed pre-EBRT image and the post-EBRT image.