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Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect breathes new life into respiratory assessment

Kinect Motion CaptureXbox Kinects could be used in the future to assess the health of patients with conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Normally found in the hands of gamers rather than medics the Microsoft sensors could be used to assess the respiratory function of patients.

Researchers at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick and the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) have developed a method of using the devices. The system consists of four Kinect sensors which are capable of quickly creating a 3D image of a patient’s torso. This enables physicians to measure and assess how a chest wall moves. In tests it has proven to be as accurate as a patient breathing into a spirometer - the current method used - but providing additional information about the movement of the chest, which could help in identifying numerous respiratory problems.

The project lead, Dr Chris Golby at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, said: “We have developed a low-cost prototype which provides a more comprehensive measurement of a patient’s breathing than existing methods.”

Their work is detailed in their paper Chest Wall motion Analysis in Healthy Volunteers and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis using a Novel Kinect-based Motion Tracking System which is published in Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing.

Prof Caroline Meyer - new publication in Appetite journal

Prof Caroline Meyer is co-author on a new paper to be published in the next edition of Appetite.

White H, Haycraft E, Wallis D, Arcelus J, Leung N, Meyer C. (2015).Development of the Mealtime Emotions Measure for Adolescents (MEM-A): Gender differences in emotional responses to family mealtimes and eating psychopathology. Appetite 85: 76-83.

The paper can be downloaded in advance at

Tue 09 Dec 2014, 14:50 | Tags: Psychology, Journals, Publications, Articles

Professor Tom Nichols named on Thompson-Reuter's Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list

tnichols-150x200.jpgProfessor Tom Nichols has been named on the

Thompson-Reuter's Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list.

The list is based on how frequently work was cited in the period 2002-2012.

See Science Watch press release and Thompson-Reuter's full report for more details.

Fri 04 Jul 2014, 12:41 | Tags: Awards, Digital Health, Journals, fMRI, Tom Nichols, Press

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