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AURORA — Result In Brief

Project ID: 508203
Funded under: FP6-SME
Country: Germany

A novel tool for back pain

European scientists developed an innovative tool for reconstructing kinematics, kinetics and dynamics of the musculoskeletal system of the lower body. The generated technology boasts safe, cost-effective diagnosis and quantification of pathological changes or abnormalities associated with the lower body.
A novel tool for back pain
Complaints of back and lower body pain are quite common. Typically, X-rays or invasive methods are necessary to identify pathological changes, necessitating the development of appropriate equipment that could carry out three-dimensional (3D) measurements to analyse clinical functional parameters of the lower body.

With this in mind, the EU-funded Aurora project aimed to develop and construct a low-cost system for reconstructing musculoskeletal movements based on scanned volumes of the lower body.

The technical objective was to develop a system prototype that is able to capture anatomical surface data of the human lower limb. To this end, scientists developed a method based on laser-generated stripe projection and reconstruction using triangulation to carry out 3D measurements over time.

Musculoskeletal models of the lower limb, based on body surface data, were developed integrating existing biomechanics knowledge. Specialised software was developed and cameras had to be adapted to the requirements of the device.

The Aurora system holds great promise for application in the clinical world as it is radiation-free and has the capacity for dynamic diagnosis. Provided it can be produced at an acceptable price, it is expected to benefit many people that suffer from musculoskeletal diseases.

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