Vertebral metrics: Automation of a non-invasive instrument to analyse the spine

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Abstract

Back pain is a major health problem in modern society. It is known that the main responsible for this symptom are the biomechanical changes in the spinal column. Thus, it is important to develop an instrument that evaluates in a global way the spinal column in a standing position. For that purpose, a complete innovative and non-invasive system - the Vertebral Metrics - has been built. The Vertebral Metrics is a semi-automatic equipment designed to identify the spatial position of each spinal process from the first cervical to the first sacral vertebra. Using a camera and a laser diode the recognition is achieved with software capable of distinguishing prominent blue marks that identifies each spinous process. After the validation process it was concluded that the Vertebral Metrics is a reliable and valid instrument. However, the time required for a completely scan is still too long for practical use. Thus, we are presently working on the automation of this medical device by developing a new prototype. The process will comprise several modifications in the equipment as the introduction of fluorescent markers, UV lights and two video cameras. The identification of the vertebras will be performed by the stereo vision method. The software must be adapted to the new assembly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIODEVICES 2015 - 8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Proceedings; Part of 8th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2015
EditorsA. Cliquet Jr., A. Fred, H. Gamboa, D. Elias
PublisherSciTePress
Pages150-155
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789897580710
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 12 Jan 201515 Jan 2015

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2015
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period12/01/1515/01/15

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Medical Device
  • Non-invasive
  • Spinal column
  • Stereo Vision

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