Previously, the main method of walking tests was the “TUG” standing-walking test, which allowed the testers to wear the usual shoes. They stood up from a chair with armrests and walked to the mark 3 meters away from the chair and turned to walk. Sit back in the chair. newDevelopmentThe mobile phone software "iTUG" can measure the torso acceleration of the human body in front, rear, up and down, and left and right by walking with the sensor of the smartphone, and scores the obtained value to determine the degree of the walking obstacle. The evaluation score is 100 points. If the score is less than 50 points, the tester has a mild walking disorder.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, approximately 4.62 million people in Japan had Alzheimer's disease as of 2012, and it is estimated that the number of patients with Alzheimer's disease in Japan will increase to 7 million by 2025. Normal intracranial pressure hydrocephalus is called "curable Alzheimer's disease," and currently there are more than 300,000 Japanese people suffering from normal intracranial hydrocephalus. The walking disorder is the initial symptom of normal intracranial pressure hydrocephalus, which means that the newly developed mobile phone software can find and determine whether the tester has normal intracranial pressure hydrocephalus earlier. In addition, the new software may become a tool to help health care workers observe the rehabilitation effect of patients.
Yamato Shigeki, Deputy Director of the Center for Normal Cerebral Pressure Hydrocephalus Research at Japan's Otowa Hospital, has used this mobile phone software for clinical testing. Deputy Minister Yamada stated that the number of patients currently requiring medical care is increasing. This mobile phone software can accurately measure the symptoms of patients and help them to perform early treatment.
At present, this software is only applicable to Apple mobile phones, and the development company will also strive to expand the scope of application of new software in the future. (Compiled: Sun Jiaxuan Proofreading: Liu Ge)