Stonechecker

StoneChecker is an innovative medical software designed to aid clinical decision making by providing information about a patient’s kidney stone. The StoneChecker software tool is designed to be a streamlined semi-automated stone assessment tool that provides physicians with all the useful clinical metrics instantly using the patient’s non-contrast CT scans.

Stone Checker Software Ltd has an exclusive worldwide licence to apply the TexRAD® algorithm (provided by TexRAD Ltd., www.TexRAD.com, part of Feedback Plc) to examine heterogeneity and ‘texture’ not visible to the naked eye. Tested and validated at the University of Oxford, StoneChecker software has been available for research use since 2017 and is now available for commercial use outside the U.S.

Mechanism

The team at Stone Checker Software Ltd has developed an application based on the TexRAD algorithm (exclusively licensed to Stone Checker Software Ltd for use in analyzing kidney stones) and studies various physical attributes of a given renal stone on non-contrast enhanced CT scan slices and prepares a report. This report is prepared after thoroughly studying physical characteristics of the stone including volume, mean HU density, skin-to-stone distance, entropy, kurtosis, and skewness. Each of these factors in separate non-clinical and in vitro studies have shown to be relevant in predicting the stone-free rates and the outcome of lithotripsy procedure performed on the stone.

The Texrad Algorithm

Diagnostic imaging systems e.g. Computed Tomography (CT) have generally enhanced fine detail (i.e. high spatial frequency information) with the aim of optimising anatomical resolution.

TexRAD’s patented proprietary filtration-histogram algorithm highlights coarser features on CT and uses histogram analysis to quantify and assess the distribution of grey-levels, coarseness and regularity within a region of interest e.g. kidney stone. By using filters that extract and enhance image features at larger scales, the effect of noise is reduced whilst heterogeneity in stone architecture is enhanced.

TexRAD allows heterogeneity parameters measured at different spatial scales to enable quantitative assessment of imaging biomarkers within kidney stones which can potentially be used to identify treatment failure on pre-treatment CT and also assess the stone composition non-invasively.

TexRAD has been licenced to Stone Checker Software Ltd. by TexRAD Ltd., www.TexRAD.com, part of Feedback plc, Cambridge UK, for exclusive use in urolithiasis.

Evidence

CT Texture Analysis (CTTA) metrics reflected stone characteristics and composition, and predicted ease of SWL fragmentation. The strongest correlation with number of shocks required to fragment the stone was mean Hounsfield unit (HU) density (r = 0.806, p = 0.028) and a CTTA metric measuring the entropy of the pixel distribution of the stone image (r = 0.804, p = 0.039). Using multiple linear regression analysis, the best model showed that CTTA metrics of entropy and kurtosis could predict 92% of the outcome of number of shocks needed to fragment the stone. This was superior to using stone volume or density.

Publications

Key StoneChecker publications:

CT Texture Analysis of Ex Vivo Renal Stones Predicts Ease of Fragmentation with Shockwave Lithotripsy

Cui Helen W., Devlies Wout, Ravenscroft Samuel, Heers Hendrik, Freidin Andrew J., Cleveland Robin O., Ganeshan B, and Turney Benjamin W.. Journal of Endourology. July 2017, 31(7):

694-700. https://doi.org/10.1089/end.2017.0084

Differentiating Uric acid vs non-uric acid stones

Clin Radiol. 2018 May 21.

G.-M.-Y. Zhang, H. Sun, B. Shi, M. Xu, H.-D. Xue, Z.-Y. Jin

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crad.2018.04.010

Predicting failure of lithotripsy treatment

Helen Cui - Oxford, United Kingdom, Mafalda Silva - Lisboa, Portugal, Gumuyang Zhang, Bing Shi, Hao Sun, Zhengu Jin Beijing, China, People's Republic of Bernard V North Belfast, United Kingdom, Balaji Ganeshan London, United Kingdom, Benjamin Turney Oxford, United Kingdom

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2018.02.450

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About

Stone Checker Software Ltd is a health technology company focused on the development and commercialization of products to inform clinical management and to guide care for patients with kidney stones. The company is led by recognized experts in the field of clinical development and commercialization.

More than 300 million patients worldwide suffer with kidney stones and the majority of these are working age adults. Despite these numbers, relatively little funding is given to research and development in this field. Stone Checker Software Ltd aims to address this unmet clinical need by providing novel products for the healthcare market. Stone Checker Software Ltd is wholly owned by IQ-AI Ltd; a publicly-listed company on the London Stock Exchange: IQAI.

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