Artificial Bio-markers of Knee Osteoarthritis

Student of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Nikhil Gupta and Dr Alok Prasad won the award for an Artificial Biomarkers of Knee Osteoarthritis. They carried their project work under the guidance of Prof. Tapan Kumar Ghandhi
Knee osteoarthritis is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by the loss of cartilage in joints. It is one of the biggest problem affecting a large number of elderly people today. Commonly, orthopaedics use radiographic techniques like X-ray, CT-Scan, MRI etc. to look for the deterioration in cartilage or damage in the bones. But, it has been found out that almost 50% of patients with symptomatic Knee, OA shows no signs in radiographs because of the low sensitivity of these diagnostic tools. The lack of biomarkers of knee OA and 35+ different ways a patient describing the pain leads to a lot of subjectivity in the diagnosis, lack of specific treatment for patients, and poor quantification of post-treatment stage. We have created an IOT enabled device which in congestion with a sophisticated machine learning algorithm that detects Knee OA at an early stage from the walking pattern of a subject. The device collects 1000+ data points about the walking pattern and learns to create features which categorize the patient as per their medical condition. This high touch solution can greatly help caregivers & doctors to understand the complication in a comprehensive manner. Doctors can now suggest much better treatment with specific supplements, drugs, and surgical recommendations. This device in combination with an app will be highly useful specifically to early-stage subjects to help them track their disease condition and actually see themselves improving due to the results of management measures they are taking.

The Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award to Nikhil Gupta and Dr Alok Prasad, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi at the GYTI 2019 Awards function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on July 06, 2019.

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