New Technology Allows Medical Workers to Better Assess Brain InjuriesBy ScienceDaily,
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
Article features the KINARM Assessment Station, a tool for assessing patients with brain injuries or diseases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy. Developed by a neuroscientist at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, KINARM combines a chair with robotic arms and a virtual/augmented reality system that enables neuroscience and rehabilitation researchers to guide a patient through a series of standardized tasks such as hitting balls with virtual paddles. Following completion of the tasks, the system instantly generates a complete report, identifying variations from normal behavior. According to the scientists developing KINARM, the system has the potential to do for the diagnosis of brain injury what X-rays do for diagnosing muscular and skeletal injuries. At the time the article was written, the scientists were to present their tool at the 2010 Society for Neuroscience Conference.
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