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January 1981

A Novel Method of Recording Arm Movements: A Survey of Common Abnormalities

Author Affiliations

From the Medical Research Council, Hearing and Balance Unit, Institute of Neurology, National Hospital, London (Drs Findley and Gresty); and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia (Dr Halmagyi).

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(1):38-42. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510010064011

• A novel technique uses a Schottky barrier photodetector to record abnormal movements of the arms in diseases of the nervous system. The method transduces displacement of the freely moving limbs, producing recordings that readily relate to clinical observation and provide quantification. This article gives examples of the use of the technique for examining ataxia in finger-to-nose testing, tremor, and cogwheel phenomena in common neurological conditions.

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