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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

3D Technology aids the Rehabilitation of Stroke patient

Researchers from Sweden gets inspiration from the film industry to assist in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. Researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, said the three- dimensional animation provides a new level of detail about the movement of stroke patients as reported by Medical News Today.
Many stroke patients experience weakness or paralysis on one side of their body. 3D animations offer physicians a new tool for monitoring movement problems. (Picture from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/)
"With 3D technology, we can measure the amount of movement of the patient, meaning that small changes in movement patterns can be detected," said Margit Alt Murphy who introduced the results of her research in a doctoral study.

'Gollum' character animation technology from Lord of the Rings, or 'Na'vi' from Avatar, is used to record the movement range between 100 people. Participants either healthy or suffering from a stroke was given a "reflex ball" on their arms, body and head, and then they were asked to drink a glass of water.

Infrared light from camera to record super fast ball that bounces and transferring to a computer that creates a 3D character. "Our results show a computerized motion analysis can be a complement to the clinical and physical diagnosis and is an important tool to diagnose problems with movement," said Murphy. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MNT]
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