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Sensors 2014, 14(3), 4536-4559; doi:10.3390/s140304536
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DIMETER: A Haptic Master Device for Tremor Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Received: 18 December 2013; in revised form: 28 January 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 7 March 2014
(This article belongs to the collection Sensors for Globalized Healthy Living and Wellbeing)
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Abstract: In this study, a device based on patient motion capture is developed for the reliable and non-invasive diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. The primary objective of this study is the classification of differential diagnosis between Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET). The DIMETER system has been used in the diagnoses of a significant number of patients at two medical centers in Spain. Research studies on classification have primarily focused on the use of well-known and reliable diagnosis criteria developed by qualified personnel. Here, we first present a literature review of the methods used to detect and evaluate tremor; then, we describe the DIMETER device in terms of the software and hardware used and the battery of tests developed to obtain the best diagnoses. All of the tests are classified and described in terms of the characteristics of the data obtained. A list of parameters obtained from the tests is provided, and the results obtained using multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural networks are presented and analyzed.
Keywords: DIMETER; diagnostic tremor aids; Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis; essential tremor (ET) diagnosis; neurodegenerative diseases; haptic master; tremor device DIMETER; diagnostic tremor aids; Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis; essential tremor (ET) diagnosis; neurodegenerative diseases; haptic master; tremor device
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González, R.; Barrientos, A.; del Cerro, J.; Coca, B. DIMETER: A Haptic Master Device for Tremor Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Diseases. Sensors 2014, 14, 4536-4559.

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González R, Barrientos A, del Cerro J, Coca B. DIMETER: A Haptic Master Device for Tremor Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Diseases. Sensors. 2014; 14(3):4536-4559.

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González, Roberto; Barrientos, Antonio; del Cerro, Jaime; Coca, Benito. 2014. "DIMETER: A Haptic Master Device for Tremor Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Diseases." Sensors 14, no. 3: 4536-4559.



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