Robots to help treat stroke patients

Monday 30 June 2014

A major new national research programme using robot assisted training to help NHS stroke patients regain movement in their affected arm, has been officially launched in the North East.

North Tyneside General Hospital is one of the first in the country to house new, state-of-the-art stroke ‘rehabilitation robots’ from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The hospital will lead the research programme in the North East, working with stroke patients from across Tyne and Wear.

Dr Shamim Quadir, Research Communications Manager at the Stroke Association, commented: "Up to 85% of all stroke patients will be left with restricted movement in their arm. The advantage of having this type of robot-assisted training means that everything is recorded on a computer. Because it is recorded to such a high level of detail, this allows scientists treating the patients to make better informed decisions."

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