Glove could improve arthritis diagnosis

The 'data glove' currently in development in Derry that could revolutionise the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

The 'data glove' currently in development in Derry that could revolutionise the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Groundbreaking research being carried out in Derry could lead to more effective treatment of chronic arthritis.

A ‘data-glove’ that measures hand movement - being developed by academics from Magee’s School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, medical staff from Altnagelvin Hospital and researchers at Derry based C-TRIC (Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre) - could lead to improved diagnosis and save the NHS thousands, it has been claimed.

Developed in conjunction with the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, the glove is fitted with sensitive movement sensors which use advanced software developed at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus.

Dr Kevin Curran of the University of Ulster says those sensors are used to record hand measurements, key to diagnosing arthritis.

“If patients are to receive the care needed to manage their condition and doctors the time to assess their condition thoroughly, more accurate and less laborious methods to record joint movements are needed,” he says.