Compas Software Points Doctors in Right Direction

Using cutting-edge software and hardware from Orthocare Innovations, doctors can better fit amputees with prosthetics. Compas (Computerized Prosthesis Alignment System) consists of a metal plate, which has silicon strain gauges to measure the forces that go through the prosthesis. A diagnostic module, attached to the plate, collects and transmits data about the patient's gait to a computer. The module also has a laser that projects a line on the floor while the patient walks, and a gyroscope measures limb rotation.

December 21, 2009

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Compas Software Points Doctors in Right Direction

Although the system isn't meant to be used as a replacement for the alignments that prosthetists do with their own eye, Compas provides the additional data that can help doctors improve the alignment of a prosthesis. Alberto Esquenazi, director of a gait and motion analysis lab in Elkins Park, PA, tells the New York Times that Compas is part of a new generation of tools that offer objective alignment assessments.

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