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THE NEXT MOVE IN MOVEMENT DISORDERS

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The Next Move in Movement Disorders (NEMO) is a three-year collaboration project between ZiuZ and the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). This project focuses on distinguishing between hyperkinetic movement disorders: disorders that are characterised by excessive involuntary movements, such as tremor, myoclonus, dystonia, tics or chorea. In practice it is sometimes very difficult to distinguish between these different types of involuntary movements. For doctors who do not encounter such disorders on a regular basis it is often difficult for them to recognise those disorders, and doctors don’t always agree on the same diagnosis. The aim of the NEMO project is to develop a Computer-Aided Diagnosis tool (CAD tool) which can help doctors distinguish between various types of movement disorders, for example by utilising a smart 3D camera and medical imaging and machine learning technologies. Sensors are used to measure movements and muscle activity when movements are being recorded. ZiuZ will be using artificial intelligence and pattern identification for developing the CAD tool. The intention is that the CAD tool will help doctors to establish the correct movement disorder in patients, thus allowing a correct diagnosis to be established faster and more often in patients in the future. In addition, it can be used for recording the natural development of movement disorders or to better evaluate the effect of treatment. NEMO is part financed by subsidies from the European Union (the European Regional Development Fund (via SNN)) and from the Province of Friesland.