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Potential of robots as next-generation technology
for clinical assessment of neurological disorders
and upper-limb therapy

Stephen H. Scott, PhD; Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD


Figure 2. Limb-matching capabilities of control subject and three subjects with stroke: (a) Matching performance for control subject. Robot moved left hand, and subjects were instructed to match mirror position with right arm. Filled icons denote locations where hand should have been positioned, and corresponding open icons denote mean location where subject placed their hand. Ellipses denote trial-to-trial variability for each location.(b) Subject with right middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke. Robot moved left arm, and subject matched with right arm. Note large trial-to-trial variability. (c) Subject with left MCA stroke. Robot moved right arm, and subject matched with left arm. Note that stroke subject used greatly reduced region of workspace. (d) Subject with right posterior cerebral artery stroke. Robot moved left arm, and subject matched with right arm. Note shift in workspace. Data taken with institutional ethics approval from Dukelow SP, Herter TM, Moore KD, Demers MJ, Glasgow JI, Bagg SD, Norman KE, Scott SH. Quantitative assessment of limb position sense following stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2010;24(2):178???87.

Stroke and traumatic brain injury affect many people every year. Afterward, people can have problems moving, sensing, seeing, or thinking. Measuring these problems is important because we use this information to plan treatment. The measurement tools we have do not always obtain a full and accurate picture of someone's neurologic function. This article reviews a new way of measuring problems related to brain damage using robotic technology. It also discusses the use of robots to help deliver treatment for these problems.

Volume 48 Number 4, 2011
   Pages 335 — 354


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Scott SH, Dukelow SP. Potential of robots as next-generation technology for clinical assessment of neurological disorders and upper-limb therapy. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(4): 335-54.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.04.0057
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