Spinal Column Movement Measurement

Spinal Column Movement Measurement


Eileen Tonner

Meghan Tulley

Keval Shah

Rodick Chan

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Project Description 

To design a device that can capture the spinal movement in spinal cord injury patients or people with spinal muscular atrophy. This will be useful because it can monitor more patients with better accuracy. This device will also aid in research because you can get data without invasive procedures and expensive equipment. This device will accurately measure and analyze the physical condition of patients with neuromuscular disorders. An accelerometer can be used to accomplish this by detecting the smallest changes in spinal range of movement. The device could look like a remote to record and store the data. This will be an easier way to see improvements from new treatments or the muscle fatigue. The device will record the motions of the muscles as the patient does everyday activities. This can be a wireless device for easier data distribution especially in longitudinal studies where the patient has to come in for each experiment. 


This is a proposal for the ECE and BME Senior Project/Design Spinal Movement Instrument. The design team is composed of 4 members: Nie Chen, Keval Shah, Eileen Tonner and Meghan Tulley. The project consists of an instrument designed to fit around the patient’s lumbar area of the back and measure the distance the spine moves while in neutral position, flexion, extension. The design is divided into three modules: Appearance-Design/Materials Used, Sensor and Programming. The project is 12 weeks into design and currently the group is in the process of ordering sensors and materials used for the design. While in the development stage of materials and appearance, a budget of $1000 must be kept and therefore, the group will decide on the best materials for the design.