New high tech cameras help Shriners’ patients walk

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 9:20 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Staff at Shriners Hospital for Children showed off new technology on Tuesday to treat children struggling with disabilities.

Doctors unveiled a newly updated laboratory to help children struggling to walk. Laboratory technicians said the technology used is already found in video games. The Movement Analysis Laboratory incorporates cameras, sensors and markers which created 3D models of patients.

Doctors use the technology to identify which surgeries will improve a patient's walking. Patients referred to the new technology as life-changing.

"I have noticed a huge difference,” said Parker Hollingshead, “before it was always hard for me to get from place to place.”

Hollingshead is a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children. She said the technology and surgeries made her walking smoother. Hollingshead now uses less energy as a result.

The laboratory treats about 180 patients, on average, between the ages of 5 and 21 each year. 

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