Award to UNISS researchers

Telemedicine: prize for the best methodological work to UNISS and UNICA researchers

Friday, 28 October 2016

Two bio-engineering teams from the Universities of Sassari and Cagliari won the first prize for the best methodological work, conferred during the XVII Italian Society for the Clinical Movement Analysis conference.

The research project that obtained such recognition resulted from the collaboration within the research team coordinated by Dr. Andrea Cereatti, Electronic and Computer Bio-engineering researcher from the POLCOMING Department and Dr. Danilo Pani (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari). Their article "In vivo identification of the shoulder joint centre of rotation using a magneto-inertial sensor" (Michele Crabolu, Danilo Pani, Paola Crivelli, Maurizio Conti, Luigi Raffo, Andrea Cereatti), which excelled over a hundred papers, will be published in the Biomedical Engineering Online magazine (https://biomedical-engineering-online.biomedcentral.com/). The article analyses the use of an effective descriptive method of the shoulder joints. The research work offers an innovative methodology aimed at the development of musculoskeletal system customized models using miniaturized wearable technology. The methodology proposed has been validated through magnetic resonance images acquired at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the University of Sassari. “We are dealing with techniques used in the biomedical field, both for functional evaluation and for patient home-based rehabilitation interventions”, Andrea Cereatti explains.

The wearable sensors are as small as a watch. They allow remote analyses and evaluations on an individual’s motor function, as well as the transmission of data gathered by their doctor through these tools. This is the so-called magneto-inertial technology, by which it is possible to realize customized models of the whole musculoskeletal system. Though the article focuses on shoulder treatment, it is part of extensive research work on telemedicine.