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The Motion Analysis Lab (MAL) uses special equipment to measure how a child uses his body to do different activities. This includes activities such as walking, running, and reaching. The lab can measure how a child moves, what muscles are used, and how much oxygen is used.
The Motion Analysis Lab at Cincinnati Children's uses technology such as cameras and wireless sensors to record the way a child walks.
The MAL houses a state-of-the-art Raptor4 Motion Analysis System. Twelve high-speed video cameras record the motion of small markers attached to the patient’s body. Plates in the floor (similar to highly sensitive bathroom scales) measure the amount of force. A wireless EMG system gives information on muscle activity. A pressure platform is used to measure how weight is distributed on the foot during walking. Muscle strength and the amount of oxygen used can also be measured.
The MAL is staffed by a team which includes specialists from:
Children with a variety of conditions affecting movement can benefit from this service, including those with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
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