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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: A device to measure intrinsic hand muscle strength was created as a senior project by undergraduates at Rice University. Hoping to improve upon current hand strength evaluation techniques, the Peg Restrained Intrinsic Muscle Evaluator (PRIME) was developed. PRIME can use by medical professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of surgical interventions and diagnose neuromuscular degenerative diseases. The device consists of a pegboard restraint, a force transducer enclosure, and a PDA custom-programmed to capture measurements. PRIME can be used to test a patient’s hands in five minutes. The pegs are used to isolate a patient’s fingers, and a loop that is fitted around the fingers measures the amount of force that is generated when a patient moves it. TITLE: Student-Designed Device Could Strengthen Hand Testing. JOURNAL: Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry. REF: http://www.devicelink.com/mddi/archive/09/09/011.html. PAGES: 1 with cover.
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