Motion Analysis Center Milestone at Shriners Children's Florida: One Year & 100 Patients
Last month, the motion analysis center (MAC) at Shriners Children’s Florida celebrated one year of being open and the milestone of screening 100 patients. This was an anniversary that orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the MAC, Joseph Khoury, M.D., was very proud of, as this innovative technology has enhanced his team’s ability to customize care plans based on the needs of each child.
“The level of detail and the specificity of the treatment plan we can come up because [the motion analysis center] is so much better and more individualized for our patients,” he explained.
Our state-of-the-art motion capture camera system uses 18 Vicon infrared cameras, which track specially designed reflective markers placed on the patient. As the patient moves, this information is then translated to the 3D virtual world. Recordings of muscle activity with wireless surface electrodes are also collected. This technology, which includes some of the same technical special effects used in movies and video games, collects information that provides guidance for a child's surgery, braces and/or rehabilitation.
“In our community, there are very few options for this sort of service. It’s a huge benefit to the Tampa Bay area for [Shriners Children’s Florida] to have this,” said Dr. Khoury.
The MAC provides services for a wide range of patients with diagnoses that include, but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, clubfoot, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida. However, this service is not only for children with congenital conditions. Our 100th gait lab analysis was with Patient Ambassador Luke, who came to us after a motorbike accident. Learn more about his medical journey with us, and find out how his evaluation in the motion analysis center helped ensure the best outcome for his surgery.
For more information on the MAC at Shriners Children’s Florida, watch the following behind the scenes, “Q&A” style interview with Dr. Khoury in our motion analysis center.
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