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Shriners Hospital in Mexico receives latest software for motion analysis center

Tech acquired through partnership with the Chicago Shriners Hospital

Shriners Hospital in Mexico receives latest software for motion analysis center

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Mexico has received the latest addition of technology that will help improve their motion analysis center (MAC) operation. This tool, electromyography (EMG), will be used to help analyze patients' movements in detail and determine motion problems. It was delivered through a partnership with the Chicago Shriners Hospital's motion analysis center.

Jorge Gómez, M.D., pediatric orthopaedist at the Mexico City Shriners Hospital, explained how this tool is part of the five stages for the improvement of the motion analysis center in Mexico. “The reason for the visit of our colleagues in Chicago is the installation of the third phase of the project for the motion analysis center: electromyography. Currently we already have kinetic and kinematic studies and the next step was precisely this tool.”

What is the function of the software?

Dr. Gomez explained that this tool can be used to evaluate patients and measure muscle activity during walking. This information can be used to explain why certain kids walk the way they do.

Peter Smith, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at the Chicago Shriners Hospital, explained that two engineers, a physical therapist, two surgeons and Chicago motion analysis center Director Gerald Harris, Ph.D., PE, participated in this visit to México. “This is something we have been interested in in the last 30 years. It has been an excellent collaboration because many children have the same challenges as in Chicago, and we share the same interest in helping,” Dr. Smith said. He mentioned that the MAC has had a significant improvement with a previously installed new camera system, and that now it will have a much more precise technology, resulting in faster and more effective motion analysis.

Joseph Krzak, a physical therapist at the Chicago Shriners Hospital, expressed the excitement his team has to be able to come to Mexico and work together with the staff, who have demonstrated their commitment and hard work in order to support children. “It is a great opportunity to work with the motion analysis staff. The purpose of this visit was to educate the staff about how we use our motion analysis center in Chicago, and to develop strategies that can improve the way children are evaluated,” he said.

Felipe Haces, M.D., medical director of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Mexico, commented that the motion analysis center has been a very useful tool for the diagnosis of patients, as it provides quantitative data. “It is a tool that helps doctors in making the best treatment decision. Since we started with this center, it has been increasingly equipped with better technology that offers much more efficiency and accuracy in the diagnosis of patients.”

"It is a blessing to help children and work with this staff so committed to the community, whether in Mexico or Chicago, I always see children with a big smile, and that makes us feel very welcome in each other’s hospital," Krzak explained.

Physicians and patient in motion analysis center