New tech allows URMC researchers to study brain diseases

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Neuroscientists at University of Rochester Medical Center are using a new state-of-the-art system to study diseases that impact the brain. It’s called the “Mobile Brain-Body Imaging System”.

The same technology movie directors use on Hollywood sets and in video games is now being brought to hospitals in our area. The technology uses virtual reality technology to help researchers study movement and brain function.

We watched as a man, wearing a fitted black body suit, tested out the technology, walking on a treadmill and responding to the things he sees while walking. Reflective markers connected to computers in the room allow doctors to analyze how he responds.

Ed Freedman says, “We’re looking at the way in which older adults progressed from being healthy to being impaired.”

The state-of-the-art system is allowing doctors at URMC to catch diseases earlier on like Alzheimer’s and autism.

“More and more people are going to start thinking about using walking as a way to reveal underlying problems that a person may have had,” said Freeman.

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