Presentation Title

Development of a Home-based Sensory Organization Test

Advisor Information

Mukul Mukherjee

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

2-3-2018 10:45 AM

End Date

2-3-2018 12:00 PM

Abstract

The Neurocom balance manager is the gold standard to measure balance in healthy and pathological populations. However, this expensive industry-standard device is difficult to transport, restricting testing to the laboratory. The Home-based Sensory Organization Test (HSOT) is an inexpensive and portable alternative that is currently under development. The HSOT will allow the assessment of the sensory contributions to balance control in different populations right in their homes. One such population includes stroke survivors. However, it is not clear if the assessment of balance asymmetry that is common in stroke survivors will be assessed comparably between the HSOT and the Neurocom. This research is therefore focused on stroke survivors, specifically their asymmetric balance.

Strokes are a serious problem in the United States and can result in long term disabilities such as neurological damage effecting the somatosensory, vestibular and visual systems, all of which are needed for healthy balance. These symptoms are usually asymmetric leading to movement control, including balance, to be weaker on one side of the body. The Neurocom can recognize this asymmetric information by tracking the patient’s center of pressure (COP). The HSOT can also track COP that can consequently characterize asymmetric balance control. However, the assessment of such asymmetric balance control needs to be validated for the HSOT against the clinical gold standard, the Neurocom. Therefore, the goal of this research is to investigate the validity of the HSOT as an instrument to measure balance asymmetry in a group of healthy subjects and stroke survivors.

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Mar 2nd, 10:45 AM Mar 2nd, 12:00 PM

Development of a Home-based Sensory Organization Test

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

The Neurocom balance manager is the gold standard to measure balance in healthy and pathological populations. However, this expensive industry-standard device is difficult to transport, restricting testing to the laboratory. The Home-based Sensory Organization Test (HSOT) is an inexpensive and portable alternative that is currently under development. The HSOT will allow the assessment of the sensory contributions to balance control in different populations right in their homes. One such population includes stroke survivors. However, it is not clear if the assessment of balance asymmetry that is common in stroke survivors will be assessed comparably between the HSOT and the Neurocom. This research is therefore focused on stroke survivors, specifically their asymmetric balance.

Strokes are a serious problem in the United States and can result in long term disabilities such as neurological damage effecting the somatosensory, vestibular and visual systems, all of which are needed for healthy balance. These symptoms are usually asymmetric leading to movement control, including balance, to be weaker on one side of the body. The Neurocom can recognize this asymmetric information by tracking the patient’s center of pressure (COP). The HSOT can also track COP that can consequently characterize asymmetric balance control. However, the assessment of such asymmetric balance control needs to be validated for the HSOT against the clinical gold standard, the Neurocom. Therefore, the goal of this research is to investigate the validity of the HSOT as an instrument to measure balance asymmetry in a group of healthy subjects and stroke survivors.