SPINAL/PELVIC ALIGNMENT MONITORING OF WHEELCHAIR USERS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,157.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HD34669-01A1
Agency Tracking Number:
39588
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Artsco, Inc.
375 WILLIAM PITT WAY, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MALAGODI, MARK S
() -
Business Contact:
(412) 826-3086
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Spinal deformity can lead to loss of stability and upper body function, including a decrease in respiratory capacity. Effective non-invasive procedures for measuring and recording spinal/pelvic alignment of a seated person are unavailable. The focus of this proposal is to describe a new method of measuring spinal/pelvic alignment using a radio frequency carrier phase measurement technique. To utilize this method a person remains seated in his or her own personal wheeled mobility device. Small, flexible transmitting antennas are taped to prominent landmarks on the spine. Receiving antennas are strategically placed behind the person's wheelchair. Once processed, the received signal provides data to allow accurate three dimensional measurement of a person's spinal/pelvic alignment.

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