Project Summary Project Information

The goal of Assistive Device projects is to apply technology to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and the development of technologies related to the broad field of bioengineering. In addition, the projects serve as real life product design applications that enhance the education of the student team.

The purpose of the project is to build a Portable Spinal Motion Tracker for Nazareth College Physical Therapy Clinic that can measure frequency and magnitude of motions in the lower back providing an accurate assessment of spinal movements throughout a normal day.

In Physical Therapy, there is a strong belief that daily movements contribute to pain. It is assumed that isolated Physical Therapy exams in the laboratory reflect the entire days movements. The Portable Spinal Motion Tracker would validate these exams by capturing movements over extended period of time in a natural environment.

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Project Name
Portable Spinal Motion Tracker
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Assistive Devices
Biomedical Systems and Technologies
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End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Beth DeBartolo (ME)
Faculty Consultant
Graduate Teaching Assistant/Technical Guide
Edward Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Dr. Sara Gombatto Nazareth Physical Therapy Clinic


Project Status Update 4/13/09 (MS PowerPoint) (DPM)
Project Readiness Package 5/12/09 (MS PowerPoint) (DPM)
Marketing Commercial 5/18/09 (WMV) (DPM
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