- severity /suh-VER-i-tee/
- disorder /dis-AWR-der /
- clinical /KLIN-i-kuhl/
- diagnosis /dahy-uhg-NOH-sis/
- adaptation /ad-uhp-TEY-shuhn/
[noun] – seriousness
The severity of the storm was unexpected and caused widespread damage.
[noun] – an illness of the mind or body
He was diagnosed with a disorder that affects his ability to process emotions.
[adjective] – used to refer to medical work or teaching that relates to the examination and treatment of ill people
The doctor recommended a clinical trial for the new medication as a last resort.
[noun] – a judgment about what a particular illness or problem is, made after examining it:
After a thorough examination, the physician made a diagnosis of the patient’s condition.
[noun] – something produced to adjust to different conditions or uses, or to meet different situations
The company’s adaptation to the new market trends helped them stay competitive.
Motion capture suits, once primarily used to bring characters to life in films such as Avatar, are now being utilized to track the onset of diseases that impair movement. Researchers at Imperial College and University College London have spent a decade developing a new system that utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze body movements in order to quickly and accurately assess the severity of diseases such as Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The system has been shown to measure the severity of these genetic disorders twice as quickly as the best doctors and has the potential to greatly reduce the time and cost required to develop new drugs in clinical trials.
Dr. Valeria Ricotti, of the Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health, describes that she is completely blown away and believes the impact on the diagnosis and development of new drugs for a wide range of diseases could be “massive.” The technology can also be used to monitor patients recovering from other diseases that affect movement, including conditions involving the brain and nervous system, the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and psychiatric disorders. This adaptation of the technology used in filmmaking has the potential to revolutionize the way in which we diagnose and treat movement-impairing diseases.
- How would you feel if you were a patient being monitored over time with the use of motion capture technology?
- How do you feel about the potential for this technology to revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat movement-impairing diseases?
- If this technology were to be used more widely, what potential challenges or drawbacks do you think would arise?
- Do you believe this technology can be used in the future for other diseases or conditions?
- Do you think the use of motion capture technology in the medical field is a promising development?