Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher funding


MIPT researcher Satu Inkinen, Ph.D., received a 3-year Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher funding (234 650 €) for a project “X-ray multi-energy musculoskeletal imaging techniques using spectral photon counting detectors“. MIPT is the host institution of this project.

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The ICory project to start


An intelligent customer-driven solution for orthopedic and pediatric surgery care to be developed in the ICory project.

The two-year ICory project got 2,4 million euros funding from Business Finland and has been started at the beginning of May, 2018.  The project aims to create an intelligent, coherent data-driven and patient-centric solution for surgery, make an iterative and forecasting impact analysis of the solution, develop ecosystemic business models that help building customer value and scale the solution, and make use of machine learning and gamification to assure end-user experience based on context-specific applications, data analytics and personal profiles.

The project consortium consists of the following partners: Buddy Healthcare, BCB Medical, Lenovo, NearReal, Rehaboo!, Solteq, Ticca, Triumf Gamification, VTT, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, Oulu University Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.

More information:
Professor Minna Pikkarainen
minna.pikkarainen[at]oulu.fi / minna.pikkarainen[at]vtt.fi

Professor Jarmo Reponen
jarmo.reponen[at]oulu.fi







Funding for novel biopsy technology


Business Finland (previously TEKES) has granted professor Miika Nieminen and multidisciplinary team from Oulu University and Aalto University a 700k¤ project to promote the development and commercialization of a new technology for biopsies.







Three abstracts accepted to 40th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)


Ketola JH, Karhula S, Finnilä M, Nieminen MT, Saarakkala S. Quantitative Bone Morphometry with Sparse Projection Data. Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. 40 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Inkinen SI, Ketola JH, Juntunen MAK, Nieminen MT. Convolutional neural networks for sparse cardiac CT reconstruction. Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. 40 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Juntunen MAK, Ketola JH, Inkinen SI, Nieminen MT. Quantitative accuracy of quantitative cardiac photon counting tomography. Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. 40 (2018) (Poster presentation)







Two abstracts accepted for the OHBM annual meeting


Korhonen V, Myllylä T, Helakari H, Huotari N, Kananen J, Raitamaa L, Rasila A, Raatikainen V, Borchardt V, Kiviniemi V. A novel NIRS method to monitor glymphatic water dynamics. (Poster presentation)

Kananen J, Tuovinen T, Ansakorpi H, Huotari N, Helakari H, Raitamaa L, Rasila A, Raatikainen V, Karttunen V, Borchardt V, Korhonen V, Kiviniemi V. Alterations in ultra-fast fMRI signal variance in drug-naïve vs. medicated patients with epilepsy. (Poster presentation)







NVIDIA GPU grant for multi-energy image reconstruction research


The multi-energy X-ray imaging group led by Professor Miika T. Nieminen has received a NVIDIA Quadro P6000 GPU from the NVIDIA GPU grant program for image reconstruction algorithm research. The powerful architecture and superior memory of 24GB of the received GPU is ideal for heavy computations involved in the research.







Thirteen abstracts accepted for the ISMRM annual meeting


Raitamaa L, Borchardt V, Huotari N, Korhonen V, Helakari H, Kiviniemi V. The effect of breath-hold on cardiovascular pulse in the brain – a multimodal MREG study. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Oral presentation)

Kananen J, Tuovinen T, Ansakorpi H, Helakari H, Huotari N, Raatikainen V, Rasila A, Korhonen V, Kiviniemi V. Mapping drug resistant epilepsy with MREG signal coefficient of variance. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Barros I, Peuna A, Casula V, Haapea M, Lammentausta E, Nieminen MT. Grey-level Co-Occurrence Matrix Texture Analysis of osteoarthritic knee cartilage on T2, Adiabatic T1ρ, Adiabatic T2ρ and Dual-Echo Steady-State Magnetic Resonance Imaging contrasts. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Elsayed H, Zbyn S, Hänninen N, Liimatainen T, Nissi MJ, Nieminen MT, Hanni M. Optimizing T1ρ dispersion measurements for correlation time mapping in articular cartilage at 9.4 T. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Hänninen N, Nykänen O, Prakash M, Hanni M, Nieminen MT, Nissi MJ. Orientation anisotropy of qMRI parameters in degenerated human articular cartilage. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Henchel H, Hanni M, Nieminen MT. Towards Obtaining Relaxation Rates due to Chemical Exchange from Parameter Free Atomistic Simulations. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Power Pitch presentation)

Kajabi AW, Casula V, Ojanen S, Finnilä M, Korhonen RK, Herzog W, Saarakkala S, Nissi MJ, Nieminen MT. T1ρ dispersion assessment of articular cartilage in a rabbit ACL transection model. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Karjalainen J, Nieminen MT, Nissi MJ, Hanni M. Simulated 1H-1H residual dipolar couplings of collagen-associated water. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Lehtovirta S, Mäkitie RE, Casula V, Haapea M, Niinimäki J, Niinimäki T, Peuna A, Lammentausta E, Mäkitie O, Nieminen MT. T2 texture analysis reveal potential cartilage-preserving effect in presence of heterozygous WNT1 mutation in human. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Oral presentation)

Nissinen M, Hänninen N, Tanska P, Nykänen O, Prakash M, Nissi M, Töyräs J, Korhonen R, Nieminen MT. Correlation time mapping is associated with permeability of articular cartilage. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Paakkari P, Zbyn S, Nissi MJ, Lammentausta E, Nieminen MT, Casula V. Effect of fat-contamination and fat-suppression on T2 quantitation of knee articular cartilage in vivo. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Zbyn S, Schreiner M, Mlynarik V, Juras V, Szomolanyi P, Laurent D, Scotti C, Haber H, Goldhahn J, Kubiak E, Deligianni X, Bieri O, Marlovits S, Nieminen MT, Trattnig S. Sodium Imaging of Untreated Cartilage Lesions in the Knee Joint: 3- and 6-Month Follow-up Study at 7T. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)

Zbyn S, Nissi MJ, Elsayed H, Casula V, Liimatainen T, Hanni M, Nieminen MT. Accelerated T1ρ Dispersion Data Acquisition for Correlation Time Mapping of Cartilage at 3T. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 26 (2018) (Poster presentation)







Research article published


Olesya Klets’s manuscript, Estimation of the effect of body weight on the development of osteoarthritis based on cumulative stresses in cartilage: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative, by Olesya Klets, Mika E Mononen; Mimmi K Liukkonen; Mika T Nevalainen; Miika T Nieminen; Simo Saarakkala; Rami K. Korhonen,  has been favorably reviewed and is accepted for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.







Orion Research Foundation grant for Ph.D. student Nina Hänninen


Ph.D. student M.Sc. Nina Hänninen has received 3 500 euro grant from the Orion Research Foundation for the doctoral thesis on development of novel MRI contrasts for studying macromolecular structure of articular cartilage.







Review article published


Thevenot J, Bordallo-López M, Hadid A (2017). A Survey on Computer Vision for Assistive Medical Diagnosis from Faces. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2017.2754861.