Details

Project TitleUsing a Mobile Phone as a Diagnostic Tool for Clinical Rehabilitation
Track Code2010-043
Short Description

A new mobile phone application that utilizes sensors which are already built into mobile phones to diagnose movement diseases.

#healthcare #software #medicaldevice #diagnosticsandmeasurements

Abstract

Northwestern researchers have developed a new mobile phone application that utilizes sensors which are already built into mobile phones. Their technology can help doctors readily diagnose a wide range of movement diseases, such as tremor, sway, asymmetric gait, and freezing. For example, they have already written an application that can reveal the percentage of time a patient is walking, running, sitting, or lying. The algorithm is based upon data from an acceleration sensor that is primarily meant for detecting the orientation of the phone. Likewise, other algorithms are also being created to help detect abnormal movement using these built-in sensors, including but not limited to acceleration and touch.

 
TagsHEALTHCARE: software, MEDICAL DEVICE: diagnostics and measurements
 
Posted DateJan 31, 2012 1:52 PM

Inventor(s)

Mark Albert

Konrad Kording*

Andrew Levien

Applications

Healthcare phone application: Diagnosis of movement-related diseases

Advantages

  • Inexpensive – Uses existing components built into a mobile phone
  • Convenient
  • Applicable to wide range of movement diseases

IP Status

Patent applications have been filed.

Contact Information

Dimitra Georganopoulou, PhD

Invention Manager

(p) 847-467-3095

(e) Dimitra.Georganopoulou@northwestern.edu