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Methods and systems for monitoring range of motion for a patient's head and neck area

United States Patent Application

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Methods and systems monitor a patient's mobility and range-of-motion (ROM) for a patient's head and neck area. Monitoring can be provided prior to, during and after associated therapy. At least one large protractor having an outer and an inner surface and including a circular scale including a vertex located along said at least one large protractor's inner surface can be selectively suspended above and in front of a patient measurement location. The at least one large protractor can be adapted for equidistantly positioning a patient's head away with respect to said circular scale of said at least one large protractor in a manner that the patient is generally centered and positioned comfortably in front or beneath the vertex of said at least one large protractor. A head mountable harness including securing means adapted for temporary attachment of a laser about said head mounted harness. At least one laser can be mounted about the head mountable harness and is capable of illuminating a laser beam onto said circular scale. The laser's beam is used to indicate the range of motion of the patient's head based on said laser beam's location indicated along said circular scale.
Lennox, Arlene J. (Elburn, IL)
10/ 638,827
August 11, 2003
[0002] The United States government has certain rights to the present disclosure in accordance with contract DE-AC02-76CH03000 with the U.S. Department of Energy.