Toward a low-cost gait analysis system for clinical and free-living assessment

Ladha, Cassim, Del Din, Silvia, Nazarpour, Kianoush, Hickey, Aodhan, Morris, Rosie, Catt, Michael, Rochester, Lynn and Godfrey, Alan (2016) Toward a low-cost gait analysis system for clinical and free-living assessment. In: 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1874-1877. ISBN 9781457702204

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Gait is an important clinical assessment tool since changes in gait may reflect changes in general health. Measurement of gait is a complex process which has been restricted to bespoke clinical facilities until recently. The use of inexpensive wearable technologies is an attractive alternative and offers the potential to assess gait in any environment. In this paper we present the development of a low cost analysis gait system built using entirely open source components. The system is used to capture spatio-temporal gait characteristics derived from an existing conceptual model, sensitive to ageing and neurodegenerative pathology (e.g. Parkinson's disease). We demonstrate the system is suitable for use in a clinical unit and will lead to pragmatic use in a free-living (home) environment. The system consists of a wearable (tri-axial accelerometer and gyroscope) with a Raspberry Pi module for data storage and analysis. This forms ongoing work to develop gait as a low cost diagnostic in modern healthcare.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 14:22
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 19:46

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