Since changes in vestibular function may be one cause of disequilibrium, major advances in measuring postural control and sensory integration in vestibular impairments have been achieved by using posturography. However, in order to overcome problems related to this type of technology, body-worn accelerometers (ACC) have been proposed as a portable, low-cost alternative to posturography for measurements of postural sway in a friendly and ecologic environment. Due to the fact that no study to date has shown the experimental validity of ACC-based measures of body sway with respect to posturography for subjects with vestibular deficits, the aim of the present study was: i) to develop and validate a practical tool that can allow clinicians to measure postural sway derangements in an otoneurological setting by ACC, and ii) to provide reliable, sensitive and accurate automatic analysis of sway that could help in discriminating unilateral vestibular failure (UVF) patients. Thus, a group of 13 patients (seven females, 6 males; mean age 48.6 ± 6.4 years) affected for at least 6 months by UVF and 13 matched healthy subjects were instructed to maintain an upright position during a static forceplate-based posturography (FBP) acquisition while wearing a Movit® sensor (by Captiks) with 3-D accelerometers mounted on the posterior trunk near the body centre of mass. Pearson product moment correlation demonstrated a high level of correspondence of four time-domain and three frequency-domain measures extracted by ACC and FBP testing; in addition, t-test demonstrated that two ACC-based time- and frequency-domain parameters were reliable measures in discriminating UVF subjects. These aspects, overall, should further highlight the attention of clinicians and researchers to this kind of sway recording technique in the field of otoneurological disorders by considering the possibility to enrich the amount of quantitative and qualitative information useful for discrimination, diagnosis and treatment of UVF. In conclusion, we believe the present ACC-based measurement of sway offers a patient-friendly, reliable, inexpensive and efficient alternative recording technique that is useful – together with clinical balance and mobility tests – in various circumstances, as well as in outcome studies involving diagnosis, follow-up and rehabilitation of UVF patients.
Alessandrini, M., Micarelli, A., Viziano, A., Pavone, I., Costantini, G., Casali, D., et al. (2017). Body-worn triaxial accelerometer coherence and reliability related to static posturography in unilateral vestibular failure. ACTA OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGICA ITALICA, 37(3), 231-236 [10.14639/0392-100X-1334].
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Alessandrini, M., Micarelli, A., Viziano, A., Pavone, I., Costantini, G., Casali, D., et al. (2017). Body-worn triaxial accelerometer coherence and reliability related to static posturography in unilateral vestibular failure. ACTA OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGICA ITALICA, 37(3), 231-236 [10.14639/0392-100X-1334].|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore ING-INF/01 - Elettronica|
Settore ING-IND/31 - Elettrotecnica
|Revisione (peer review):||Esperti anonimi|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.14639/0392-100X-1334|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Titolo:||Body-worn triaxial accelerometer coherence and reliability related to static posturography in unilateral vestibular failure|
|Autori:||Alessandrini, M; Micarelli, A; Viziano, A; Pavone, I; Costantini, G; Casali, D; Paolizzo, F; Saggio, G|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|
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