Wearable wireless inertial sensors for long-time monitoring of specific motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease

P. Lorenzi, R. Rao, A. Suppa, A. Kita, R. Parisi, G. Romano, A. Berardelli, F. Irrera

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Abstract

It is proposed an electronic system for the long-time monitoring of specific motor symptoms in patients affected by Parkinson's Disease while being at home and making their usual daily activity. The system is made of a network of non-invasive wireless inertial sensors fixed on the patient body. The muscles activity is contemporarily analysed through the integration of a circuit for the surface electromyography. Postprocessing algorithms quantify movements in terms of amplitude and power spectrum. Data are electronically elaborated and wireless transmitted to a receiver in the patient home, to be accessed remotely by doctors. The challenge is the automatic distinction between specific parkinsonian symptoms including resting tremor and freezing of gait and patient's voluntary movements made in daily life. To the aim, the contemporarily analysis of muscle activity becomes necessary in specific situations, as in the case of freezing of gait, where accelerometers signals may be misleading. Goal of this research is the comprehension of all the possible environmental and individual factors which favor worsening of gait disorders during the patient daily life and the customization of the drug therapy, aiming to preventing catastrophic events such as falls. Results shown here refer to upper limb tremor and freezing of gait.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIODEVICES 2015 - 8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Proceedings; Part of 8th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2015
PublisherSciTePress
Pages168-173
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789897580710
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Jan 12 2015Jan 15 2015

Other

Other8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2015
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period1/12/151/15/15

Keywords

  • Biosensors
  • Electronic-health
  • Long-time home monitoring
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Wearable wireless inertial sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Lorenzi, P., Rao, R., Suppa, A., Kita, A., Parisi, R., Romano, G., Berardelli, A., & Irrera, F. (2015). Wearable wireless inertial sensors for long-time monitoring of specific motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease. In BIODEVICES 2015 - 8th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Proceedings; Part of 8th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2015 (pp. 168-173). SciTePress.