Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Robotic Invention Used To Assess Stroke Patients

Date:
April 23, 2007
Source:
Queen's University
Summary:
Researchers are testing a robotic tool to determine if it can assess neurological and motor functioning of stroke patients more accurately than traditional methods.

Fourth-year resident Sean Dukelow (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) aligns the shoulder joint of physiotherapist Mary Jo Demers to new KINARM robotic device.
Credit: Photo by Stephen Wild

Researchers at Queen’s and Providence Continuing Care Centre (PCCC) are testing a robotic tool – designed and invented by Anatomy and Cell Biology professor Stephen Scott – to determine if it can assess neurological and motor functioning of stroke patients more accurately than traditional methods.

Related Articles


Team members hope the new device will improve assessment and treatment, leading to faster and more effective rehabilitation and recovery for people who have had strokes.

Called KINARM (Kinseological Instrument for Normal and Altered Reaching Movement), it is the only device of its kind that measures multi-joint movement at the shoulder, elbow and hand, leading to new findings about how the brain coordinates limb movements.

Also on the research team are: fourth-year resident Sean Dukelow and clinical leader Stephen Bagg (both from Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation); Kathleen Norman (Rehabilitation Therapy); and Janice Glasgow (Computer Science).

“Preliminary results show that the KINARM is more sensitive in studying reaching movements than traditional clinical measures and may also be useful as a therapeutic tool,” says Dr. Dukelow. “We hope that in the future it will be used routinely to assess and treat patients after a stroke to find out if they can re-learn and optimize recovery.”

A stroke is the sudden loss of brain function caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain. The effects of stroke depend on where the brain was injured as well as how much damage has occurred. A stroke can impact the ability to move, see, speak, read, write, reason and remember.

Stroke patients undergo a detailed testing of cognitive abilities and neuromuscular function to determine the extent and exact location of damage in the brain. This allows clinicians to tailor rehabilitation and physiotherapy based on the needs of individual patients. The faster a patient can begin rehabilitation and physiotherapy, the better the chances of recovery.

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and DiMedix, a medical education company, the collaborative project has assessed about 26 stroke patients over the past 18 months. St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital admits about 80 stroke patients to the stroke rehab program annually. More than 50,000 strokes occur each year in Canada, and that number is expected to rise as a result of the aging population.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Queen's University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Queen's University. "Robotic Invention Used To Assess Stroke Patients." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 April 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070421215048.htm>.
Queen's University. (2007, April 23). Robotic Invention Used To Assess Stroke Patients. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 27, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070421215048.htm
Queen's University. "Robotic Invention Used To Assess Stroke Patients." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070421215048.htm (accessed February 27, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Mind & Brain News

Friday, February 27, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

The Best Foods to Battle Stress

The Best Foods to Battle Stress

Buzz60 (Feb. 26, 2015) If you&apos;re dealing with anxiety, there are a few foods that can help. Krystin Goodwin (@krystingoodwin) has the best foods to tame stress. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little Might Increase Stroke Risk

Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little Might Increase Stroke Risk

Newsy (Feb. 26, 2015) People who sleep more than eight hours per night are 45 percent more likely to have a stroke, according to a University of Cambridge study. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Mayor Says District of Columbia to Go Ahead With Pot Legalization

Mayor Says District of Columbia to Go Ahead With Pot Legalization

Reuters - News Video Online (Feb. 25, 2015) Washington&apos;s mayor says the District of Columbia will move forward with marijuana legalization, despite pushback from Congress. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Marijuana Nowhere Near As Deadly As Alcohol: Study

Marijuana Nowhere Near As Deadly As Alcohol: Study

Newsy (Feb. 25, 2015) A new study says marijuana is about 114 times less deadly than alcohol. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins