Application of wearable monitoring system in tourette syndrome assessment

Sofia Scataglini, Marcello Fusca, Giuseppe Andreoni, Mauro Porta

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This study presents the application of a wearable monitoring system for the assessment of tic events in subjects affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS). A multifactorial analysis and validation of the proposed system is carried out collecting simultaneous and synchronized recordings of data from the wearable actigraph and from two video cameras that allowed two medical doctors with different expertise to classify the motor events as tics and their related severity scale. A dedicated software implements the algorithm for automatic tic detection and to compare this assessment with the standard video recording protocol used to discriminate and classify tic events of high intensity and tic event of low intensity (facial grimacing or vocal tics). Double blind analysis on a nine subjects allowed us to compare the variability between operators and wearable device, and conclude the system has good potential but algorithms refinement is still needed before its possible application in clinical practice. Currently it still requires the integration with a video analysis protocol if the tics are mild or are vowels giving a complete clinical frame.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - 6th International Conference, MobiHealth 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319588766
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
Event6th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, MobiHealth 2016 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Nov 14 2016Nov 16 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference6th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, MobiHealth 2016


  • Automatic tic detection
  • Tics
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Video monitoring
  • Wearable monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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