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Gait analysis – for research and clinical use

Qualisys offers motion capture solutions tailored for both research and clinical use, in gait analysis. The Qualisys Clinical System for Gait is recommended for tasks such as diagnosis, treatment assessments, or patient monitoring. On the other hand, the Gait module is more suitable for research users. Therefore, when selecting a motion capture solution for your gait lab, consider the specific needs of your application – whether clinical or research-oriented – to make the appropriate choice between the two offerings from Qualisys.

The Gait module includes everything that you need to perform gait analysis with a Qualisys motion capture system. By being able to select from a wide range of marker sets, event modes, hardware devices and capture modes, we ensure that our software adapts to your protocols.

The Gait module comes with comprehensive documentation and marker set guides so that you can get started quickly.

 

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Measuring on patients? Benefit from the Qualisys Clinical System for gait analysis.

The Qualisys Clinical System (QCS) is a subset of our hardware and software that has been specifically approved to be used as a medial device. Don’t worry – this subset is broad enough to find the right combination that fits your needs.

A detailed list of compatible devices can be found in the Clinical Gait Module sheet (page 4). The Qualisys Clinical System is a medical device with European Class 1m CE marking and has been cleared by the FDA for clinical use in the U.S..

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Research project? Benefit from unprecedented flexibility

Select the Gait module for research to get a solution that integrates seamlessly with many other systems, including force plates, EMG and eye-trackers, offering endless possibilities for your projects.

You can always export via c3d, text or MATLAB files for further analysis.

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Gait marker sets

We understand that there is not a single marker set that fits the specific needs and preferences of all gait labs. That is why the Gait Module supports different marker sets, all of which have a proven record of being used in well-established gait labs. Take a look here for more details on supported marker sets.

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Motion capture cameras for gait analysis

With our range of motion capture cameras, you can be sure to find the right fit for your room size and needs (e.g. small markers in multi-segment foot models). Our experts will assist you to find the best camera setup and mounting options to ensure data of the highest quality.

Read more about our cameras

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Force plates

Force plates determine the centre of pressure and force components, enabling advanced biomechanics software such as Visual3D to calculate joint moments and power.

For the research Gait module, any force plate that is compatible with our QTM software may be used. This includes AMTI, Bertec and Kistler force plates and selected instrumented treadmills. For the Qualisys Clinical System, only selected force plates may be used that are medical devices themselves. Read more about our force plate integrations here.

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Video gait analysis

Video is used in most gait labs to visualise force vectors (video overlay) and to compare the measured data with the subjective impression from the video. Our Miqus Video cameras are fully synchronized and calibrated with the Motion Capture system, enabling a flawless 3D overlay.

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EMG

EMG systems accurately measure muscle activity throughout the gait cycle. With our data collection software Qualisys Track manager, EMG data is recorded synchronously with the motion capture data and into a single file. More information about our digital EMG integrations can be found here.

Go markerless

The Gait analysis module offers the option to use markerless capture – all within a single, streamlined workflow, no matter if you are testing with or without markers.

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Class 1m Medical Device

Qualisys Clinical System is a Class 1m Medical Device and ensures regulatory compliance for your whole system.

Biomechanics using Visual3D

Visual3D is tightly integrated with the automation framework in QTM. It provides an extensive biomechanical toolbox and is used in almost all of our analysis modules.

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Analysis – No black box

If you are using one of our Analysis Modules, all you need to do is a single mouse click and the Project Automation Frameworks exports data and runs standardised, yet transparent processing.

Alternatively, as a researcher, you can just export the data and write your own analyses with Visual3D or other tools and languages (e.g. MATLAB).

Web reports

With the click of a button, a Word, an interactive offline web report or online web report is populated with the gait analysis results. The report is based on a template prepared by Baker, McGinley and Thomason for a workshop on Impairment focused interpretation at the JEGM meeting, Miami, 2010.

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Gait module technical specification

Capture mode Marker-based & markerless
Minimum number of cameras 8
Marker set CAST, IOR, CGM, CGM2, Oxford foot, Rizzoli foot
Report PDF (Visual3D), Word report, web report (clinical: offline web report)
Analysis engine Visual3D
EMG Yes
Forces Yes
Event modes Multiple force plates, single force plate, no force plate, manual, instrumented treadmill
Analyses Full-body & lower-body