Rigidity Detection in Parkinson's Disease

Rigidity Detection in Parkinson's Disease

Quantitative Detection of Parkinson's Disease Symptoms Advisor: Dr. Chris Kao Project Team: Kylen Bares Eddie Cao Dr. Changquing (Chris) Kao, M.D.,

Ph.D. Research Associate Professor in Department of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Clinical interest: Microelectrode brain mapping for target localization of deep

brain stimulation treatment of movement disorders Research focus: Electrophysiology in nerve stimulation, epilepsy, pain control and head injury

What is Parkinsons Disease? Neurodegenerative disorder caused by damaged or dead dopamine-releasing neurons in the substantia nigra Dopamine: neurotransmitter that carries information from neuron to neuron and

eventually to the muscles Brain no longer able to direct or control muscle movement in a normal manner. Half a million people every year are affected by Parkinsons

Symptoms Tremor or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk Slowness of motor movements Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination Reduction in blinking rate of eyes

Treatment Drugs: Levodopa/ L-Dopa Drugs designed to mimic dopamine effects or counteract acetylcholine effects Pallidotomy: Section of

globus pallidus removed Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) : Implants stimulators that block brain signals causing rigidity, tremors and other symptoms http://www.pdmdcenter.com/articles/HopkinsWeb/index.html

http://www.pdmdcenter.com/articles/HopkinsWeb/index.html Deep Brain Stimulation 3 parts: lead electrode, extension wire, neurostimulator Lead electrode: thin, insulated wire inserted through the skull within the tip placed inside predetermined target area (located by MRI or CT

scan) Extension: thin, insulated wire connecting lead and neurostimulator, passing under the skin Neurostimulator (NS): battery pack implanted under the skin near neck or torso Electrical stimulation is delivered from NS to affected target area in the brain, blocking abnormal nerve signals

Problem Quantifiable measurement of the symptoms of Parkinsons disease is needed to maximize therapy. Unfortunately, there currently does not exist a method known to be reliable. Our Device

A pneumatic-actuated frame that fits around the right arm - uses air pressure for individual flexion of the fingers and forearm - measures the pressure exerted on the actuator piston - this pressure corresponds to the force needed to move the arm and, therefore, the rigidity of the arm

muscles Each patient will be their own control since we only need to measure effectiveness of treatment Our Device Composed of two main parts Control Box Contains the pneumatic valves and pressure

manifold Arm frame Encloses the arm and translates motion of pneumatic cylinders into motion of the arm Pneumatic Circuit Diagram

Current Status Acquired materials for control box and pneumatic actuators for arm frame Control box is complete, pending a minor change in tube layout. Acquired access to a life-size dummy to design our frame around ProE model has been completed

Planning the construction of the prototype Some answered questions Anesthesia does affect rigidity, but cannot be eliminated, so administration is localized. Some patients do have tremors, which, however, dont affect the effectiveness of measurement.

Stimulation mapping will quantitatively detect efficacy more objectively about muscle function improvement. Ultimate Goals To create and test the viability of a fully controllable pneumatic device that forces movement in the arms of actual

Parkinsons patients and accurately displays the required pressure to induce movement. To enable the device to adjust in order to comfortably fit multiple patients.

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