Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre recently installed an Oqus 300 MRI motion capture system from Qualisys.
It is the first system in the world able to measure both finger and arm movements outside the scanner and on parts of the human body lying inside the bore of the scanner.
The Oqus MRI system is specially designed for use inside an MRI room and to operatenext to the scanner without causing interference. The unique setup at Cardiff University, with cameras both in the front and in the back of the scanner room, gives the research groups more flexibility than a standard setup with cameras only in front of the scanner.
Beside the normal finger and arm measurements outside the bore, it is now also possible to measure movements of a
knee inside the bore or compensate for head movements during a scan by observing head movements while inside the bore.
“The additional motion capture facility was funded by the Arthritis Research UK as part of our Biomechanics and
Bioengineering Centre of Excellence.
Our goal is to use MR Imaging and 3D Motion Capture to understand the displacement of the supporting structures
in human joints under physiological loading and the effects of loading of the joints on pain and inflammation by imaging the brain.
We are developing functional and structural imaging techniques to determine markers of joint degeneration
and response to treatment for osteoarthritis research.”
Dr Cathy Holt, Biomechanics motion Analysis and Rehabilitation Team Leader, ARUKBBC, Cardiff School of
Engineering, Cardiff University.