20 December 2017 Development of a disposable force-sensing glove for clinicians and demonstration of its force measurements on patients during rehabilitation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery
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Abstract
For many clinicians, their effectiveness is dependent on the magnitude of forces they manually apply to their patients. However, current state-of-the-art care strategies lack quantitative feedback, making it difficult to provide consistent care over time and among multiple clinicians. To provide real-time quantitative feedback to clinicians, we have developed a disposable glove with a force sensor embedded in the fingertips or palm. The sensor is based on the fiber-optic bendloss effect whereby light intensity from an infrared source is attenuated as the fiber is bent between a series of corrugated teeth. The sensor fabricated has a very low profile ( 10 × 7 × 1    mm ) and has demonstrated high sensitivity, accuracy, range, and durability. Force feedback up to 90 N with an average force threshold at 0.19 N and average sensor resolution at 0.05 N has been demonstrated. A preliminary clinical study has also been conducted with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction patients who show significant range of motion improvement when treated with the force-sensing glove.
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Wei-Chih Wang, Wei-Chih Wang, David R. Linders, David R. Linders, David J. Nuckley, David J. Nuckley, } "Development of a disposable force-sensing glove for clinicians and demonstration of its force measurements on patients during rehabilitation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery," Journal of Biomedical Optics 22(12), 127002 (20 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.22.12.127002 . Submission: Received: 10 July 2017; Accepted: 27 November 2017
Received: 10 July 2017; Accepted: 27 November 2017; Published: 20 December 2017
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