Quantification Systems Appropriate for a Clinical Setting

  • Robert LeMoyneEmail author
  • Timothy Mastroianni
Part of the Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation book series (SSMI, volume 27)


Conventional gait quantification is provided in a highly structured clinical setting. These devices represent a metaphorical second wave encompassing clinically standard quantification techniques. Traditional gait quantification systems, such as force plates, EMG, foot-switches, and motion capture systems are described in the chapter for gait analysis. Their relevance for objectively quantifying the status of a patient’s rehabilitation progress is advocated. Regarding reflex quantification the application of motion capture systems, EMG, and strain/force sensors are covered in the chapter. There are drawbacks of these devices, such as expense, complexity, and limitations to a clinical setting. By contrast, wearable and wireless systems are projected to transcend the capabilities of these traditional quantification systems with expanded autonomy for subject evaluation in the context of Network Centric Therapy.


Quantification Gait analysis Reflex response Tendon reflex Foot switches Electrogoniometers Electromyogram (EMG) Metabolic analysis Optical motion cameras Force plates Machine learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Center for Bioengineering InnovationNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  2. 2.IndependentPittsburghUSA

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