ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Knee injuries, strains and muscle tears are common injuries that University of Maine athletes face. These types of injuries often result in surgery. But now doctors can make sure athletes are training correctly before any injuries happen by monitoring their every move in 3D.
Researchers at the University of Maine have partnered with clinicians at Eastern Maine Medical Center to bring three dimensional motion capture technology to the Bangor area. The Human Performance Lab in the Cutler Health center is now equipped with six cameras that detect a patient's movements using ball shaped sensors.
One the sensors are attached to a patient's body, the next step is for patients to perform tests like walking and jogging in the lab. The cameras catch every angle of a patient's movement, and create an image on a computer screen.
The images are throughly analyzed, and then clinicians make a diagnosis based on the data the images provide.
And this technology is not just for preventing injuries in athletes. It's used to detect a wide range of physical conditions like cerebral palsy and other muscular disorders. And what they capture equals a more accurate diagnosis, and ultimately, better overall patient care.
Clinicians at the Human Performance Lab have been working with University engineers to get the motion capture technology up and running. Their goal is to begin using it to treat patients as early as May.