2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Analyzing, Mining and Modeling Medical Manipulative Therapuetic Data for Quantification and Reproducibility
Molly Smith
Dr. Alan Garvey and Dr. Jon Beck, Faculty Mentors

Current work at A.T. Still Research Institute focuses on providing a strong evidence base for manipulative diagnosis and treatment. To assess the validity and accuracy of diagnostic tests, specialized digital cameras and pressure-sensitive pads are used to collect three-dimensional coordinates of specific points on the practitioner's hands as well as the forces applied during palpation. This new instrumentation generates vast amounts of raw data, far too much to be processed by hand. Key challenges include signal processing of raw data and merging of multiple data streams into a coherent information stream as well as pattern recognition and data visualization strategies. Current work has focused primarily on signal processing, pattern recognition and visualization of the three-dimensional data stream. A system was developed to produce visualizations of three-dimensional movement along with reports including displacement, duration between a single palpation. Future work aims to incorporate the pressure data stream.

Keywords: mathematical biology, medicine, data mining, signal processing

Topic(s):Mathematical Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 45-1
Location: VH 1328
Time: 1:15

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