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Authors: Cláudia Quaresma 1 ; Miguel Fonseca 2 ; Mário Forjaz Secca 2 ; J. Goyri O’Neill 2 and J. Branco 3

Affiliations: 1 CEFITEC and UNL, Portugal ; 2 UNL, Portugal ; 3 UNL and Maternidade Dr. Alfredo da Costa, Portugal

Keyword(s): Biomechanics; Spinal Column; Non-invasive instrument; Evaluation; Standing position. Pregnant women

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Biomechanical Devices ; Biomedical Engineering ; Biomedical Equipment ; Biomedical Instruments and Devices ; Technologies Evaluation

Abstract: The published literature about the biomechanical alterations of the spinal column during pregnancy is scarce and disperses, being more qualitative and limited to partial analysis of the spinal column. The main justification for a global approach to be neglected could be related to the inexistence of a non-invasive instrument that evaluates the spinal column in an objective and complete way. Thus, in order to fill this gap, we built Vertebral Metrics – a device that allows the identification of the 3D position of the vertex of each of the spinal processes, from the first cervical vertebra to the first sacral vertebra and calculate the amplitude of the angles of curvature of the spinal column in the standing position. The present work has the objective of presenting the first application of this equipment to 49 pregnant women at four different moments of pregnancy (12, 20, 32 e 37 weeks of gestation). Analysing the results we can conclude that Vertebral Metrics – is an innovative instr ument in the global evaluation of the spinal column in a standing position, allowing a quantitative analysis of its shape and temporal variations. (More)

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Quaresma, C.; Fonseca, M.; Forjaz Secca, M.; Goyri O’Neill, J. and Branco, J. (2012). VERTEBRAL METRICS: APPLICATION OF A INSTRUMENT TO EVALUATE THE SPINAL COLUMN IN PREGNANT WOMEN. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices (BIOSTEC 2012) - BIODEVICES; ISBN 978-989-8425-91-1; ISSN 2184-4305, SciTePress, pages 376-379. DOI: 10.5220/0003798303760379

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author={Cláudia Quaresma. and Miguel Fonseca. and Mário {Forjaz Secca}. and J. {Goyri O’Neill}. and J. Branco.},
title={VERTEBRAL METRICS: APPLICATION OF A INSTRUMENT TO EVALUATE THE SPINAL COLUMN IN PREGNANT WOMEN},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices (BIOSTEC 2012) - BIODEVICES},
year={2012},
pages={376-379},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003798303760379},
isbn={978-989-8425-91-1},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices (BIOSTEC 2012) - BIODEVICES
TI - VERTEBRAL METRICS: APPLICATION OF A INSTRUMENT TO EVALUATE THE SPINAL COLUMN IN PREGNANT WOMEN
SN - 978-989-8425-91-1
IS - 2184-4305
AU - Quaresma, C.
AU - Fonseca, M.
AU - Forjaz Secca, M.
AU - Goyri O’Neill, J.
AU - Branco, J.
PY - 2012
SP - 376
EP - 379
DO - 10.5220/0003798303760379
PB - SciTePress