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Quantified reflex strategy using an iPod as a wireless accelerometer application

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3 Author(s)
Robert LeMoyne ; Running Springs, CA 92382 USA ; Timothy Mastroianni ; Warren Grundfest

A primary aspect of a neurological evaluation is the deep tendon reflex, frequently observed through the patellar tendon reflex. The reflex response provides preliminary insight as to the status of the nervous system. A quantified reflex strategy has been developed, tested, and evaluated though the use of an iPod as a wireless accelerometer application integrated with a potential energy device to evoke the patellar tendon reflex. The iPod functions as a wireless accelerometer equipped with robust software, data storage, and the capacity to transmit the recorded accelerometer waveform of the reflex response wirelessly through email for post-processing. The primary feature of the reflex response acceleration waveform is the maximum acceleration achieved subsequent to evoking the patellar tendon reflex. The quantified reflex strategy using an iPod as a wireless accelerometer application yields accurate and consistent quantification of the reflex response.

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2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

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Aug. 28 2012-Sept. 1 2012