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New 3D skeletal imaging machine aids injury treatment and prevention

A UK developed 3D skeletal imaging machine is being used by physiotherapists to aid the treatment and prevention of sporting injuries. Developed by Marlbrook Motion Analysis in conjunction with the University of Worcester, the new technology provides 'action pictures' showing...

A UK developed 3D skeletal imaging machine is being used by physiotherapists to aid the treatment and prevention of sporting injuries. Developed by Marlbrook Motion Analysis in conjunction with the University of Worcester, the new technology provides 'action pictures' showing how the skeleton moves during activity, and highlights any abnormalities or possible problem areas. Physiotherapists are then able to design specific treatment programmes to correct the problem, sometimes before it is apparent. 'With conventional clinical assessments you can only look at it from the surface. With this machine, you can see the biomechanics of how the body actually works. The sophisticated software can overlay the skeleton image with the impression that comes through the infrared cameras. Then you get a 3D movement analysis,' Barney Griffiths from the UK's South Bank hospital told the BBC. The machine could also be used to assess the authenticity of insurance claims. When genuinely injured, the skeleton will move in the same way during activity. If the skeleton shows differences in movement, an insurance claim could be bogus.