Three-dimensional motion system ("data-gloves"): application for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor (2001)

Author(s): Su Y, Geng D, Allen CR, Burn D, Bell GD, Rowland R

  • : VIMS 2001

Abstract: The accurate modelling and analysis of medical treatment plays an important role in modern medical science. This paper describes an attempt to apply current sensor and control techniques to quantitatively measure significant motion of the human body. By modelling the movement of human hand this system can accurately measure the hand posture and all the phalanges, store the measurements as X,Y, Z absolute positions and the computer can (off-line) compute the movement of the hand and phalanges. By applying dedicated embedded electronics a portable and networked system can be realized which may be used in the clinical assessment of stroke patients or medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease It can be used as both a training instrument and a tool for medical diagnosis and research, leading to objective analysis of medical conditions involving accurate posture measurement of the human body.

  • Short Title: VIMS 2001
  • Date: 19-20 May 2001
  • Conference Name: IEEE International Workshop on Virtual and Intelligent Measurement Systems
  • Pages: 28-33
  • Publisher: IEEE
  • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
  • Bibliographic status: Published

Keywords: 3D imaging systems, posture data glove sensing, Parkinson’s disease [PD], essential tremor [ET], bradykinesia


Professor David Burn
Director, Institute of Neuroscience & Professor of Movement Disorder Neurology