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System for Prosthetic Alignment Utilizing Real-time Kinematics (spAUrk)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-17-C-0101
Agency Tracking Number: H171-008-0047
Amount: $149,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA17-008
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-02-16
Small Business Information
2995 Wall Triana Hwy.
Huntsville, AL 35824
United States
DUNS: 809202018
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ryan Hill
 Research Engineer
 (256) 749-5590
Business Contact
 Dr. Glenn Rolader
Phone: (770) 344-9057
Research Institution

Major advances in prosthetic devices and aggressive rehabilitation over recent years have enabled many warfighters experiencing amputation to regain functional mobility, and often return to full active duty. A critical step to ensuring that these prosthetic devices function seamlessly with the patient is the initial alignment process. This alignment process is often iterative and time consuming, and can be emotionally difficult and frustrating for the patient. The perfect alignment is often an elusive goal due to the subjectivity and variability in alignment techniques and prosthetists as well as adaptation by the patient to the device. A standardized method that provides a baseline prosthetic alignment would enable the prosthetist to input known parameters and obtain a patient-specific baseline, from which the alignment could be fine-tuned. To accomplish this, our team of researchers and engineers at IS4S and Auburn University will develop the System for Prosthetic Alignment Utilizing Real-Time Kinematics (SPAURK) that automatically provides key alignment measurements and biomechanical reference points to generate an ideal biomechanical alignment for the patient. It also delivers alignment data in real-time during the patients alignment process, providing an initial alignment that is grounded in fundamental biomechanics, yet tailored specifically to the individual

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