Currently, the accuracy of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease is limited by differences in referral habits by general practitioners and restricted availability of specialist neurologists.

Our researchers are developing the Bionics Institute Rigidity Device (BiRD) designed to monitor the four main symptoms that define Parkinson’s disease: hand tremor, slowness, muscle rigidity (stiffness), and poor balance. The device is worn on the patient’s hand and each assessment takes less than two minutes to complete.

An early-stage clinical study showed that the device could distinguish between people with and without disease as well as track effects of therapy.

A larger clinical trial across a greater number of patients is required to determine the utility of the device, with the aim of increasing diagnostic accuracy and enable appropriate treatments to be given earlier in the disease, before symptoms become unmanageable.

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