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A novel system for the measurement of body shape and construction of seating supports for patients

Sattar, Imran (2009) A novel system for the measurement of body shape and construction of seating supports for patients. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Patients with severe back deformities can greatly benefit from customized medical seating. Customized medical seating is made by taking measurements of each individual patient and making the seat as per these measurements. The current measuring systems employed by the industry are limited to use in clinics which are generally located only in major population centres. Patients living in remote areas are severely affected by this as the clinics could be far away and inaccessible for these patients. To provide service of customized medical seating requires a new measurement system which is portable so that the system could be transported to the patients in remote areas. The requirements for a new measurement system are analysed to suite the needs of Equipment Technology Services of the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Design for a new measurement system was conceptualised by reviewing systems and technologies in various scientific disciplines. Design for a new system was finalised by optimizing each individual component. The final approach was validated by measuring difficult models and repeating the process to check for process variances. This system has now been adopted for clinical evaluation by ETS Suggestions have been made for further improvements in this new measurement approach.

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ID Code: 30395
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Pearcy, Mark, Evans, John, & Wolstenholme, Garrie
Keywords: body shape, seating support, patients
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2010 14:47
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:55

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