Mechanical measurements for the musculoskeletal apparatus: novel and standardizable metodologies
This project is an extension of some Workpackages which will be exploited by Sapienza in a four-year project funded by the 7th Framework Programme entitled "MD-Paedigree" and that will start in March 2013. More the present research proposal specifically includes the skills of Roma TRE and Biomedical Campus which are not included in the European project and also extends the analysis to mechanical ventilation. More precisely, the present project proposes the further development of a quality standard for mechanical measurements conducted in movement analysis laboratories.
Recent scientific literature outlines a validation issue for results from a same subject examined by different laboratories: to ensure a correct diagnosis, standard methods are required for the evaluation of the performances of measurement systems so that values and uncertainties of kinematics and dynamics quantities can be evaluated with repeatability and reproducibility.
The unified group of 3 Research Units (UR) combines available instrumentations and skills with the aim of:
(1) developing a method for calibration assessment and measurement uncertainty evaluation of optoelectronic system applied to movement as well as mechanical ventilation analysis;
(2) developing a method for calibration assessment and measurement uncertainty evaluation of force platforms (FPs);
(3) proposing a standard procedure to establish a quality standard for mechanical measurements performed in movement analysis laboratories.
The proposed procedure will be available for care centres of movement analysis and mechanical ventilation analysis as well as institutions where optoelectronics are combined with force platform equipment.