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Development of a wearable sensor network for quantification of infant general movements for the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
conference contributionposted on 17.04.2020, 00:00 by CB Redd, Lee Barber, RN Boyd, M Varnfield, MK Karunanithi
Qualitative assessments of infant spontaneous movements can be performed to measure neurodevelopmental status and provide early insight into the presence of any abnormalities. Clinical assessments of infant movements at 12 weeks post term age are up to 98% predictive of the eventual development of Cerebral Palsy, but their reach is often limited to infants already identified as high-risk within the traditional healthcare system. We present the development of a network of wearable sensors designed to noninvasively measure spontaneous movements in infants from 12-20 weeks post-term- age both within the clinic and for future home use. Pilot data on a single healthy term infant is presented to demonstrate clinical functionality towards future validation studies in infants at high-risk of Cerebral Palsy. Using this system for tele- delivered assessments in the home could enhance screening of neurodevelopmental disorders for infants and families in rural and remote areas, a population with reduced health services. © 2019 IEEE.