Infant Movement Diagnostics (IMD)

Tech ID: 25226 / UC Case 2011-032-3

Brief Description

Researchers at UC Irvine have developed a non-invasive wireless method to measure, quantify and analyze infant movement to identify preterm infants at risk for neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, or intraventricular hemorrhage.

Full Description

Preterm infants suffer from increased incidences of neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, or intraventricular hemorrhage. Conventional methods to analyze preterm infant movement for intervention purposes involve directly observing or videotaping the infant and having an observer qualitatively analyze the movements using predetermined movement scales. This is a time-consuming and laborious task that requires trained expertise. Therefore, a need exists for improved technologies that enable continuous monitoring of infant movement and subsequent assessment these movements.

Researchers at UC Irvine have developed a wireless method to track and analyze infant movement. The system uses wireless accelerometers on the infant’s extremities to monitor infant movement. The signals are transmitted wirelessly to a processing unit that analyzes the infant movement and compares it to a reference standard to determine if the infant is at risk to develop medical conditions.

Suggested uses

This system can be used to monitor preterm infants, who can be predisposed to develop neurological disorders. This system can be also be used for both clinical and research studies focused on pediatric neurology, behavioral, movement disorders, and metabolism.


This invention is the first to predict neurological disorders using a non-invasive monitoring of spontaneous movement in infants. This system overcomes the current difficulties encountered with human observers, such as subjectivity and fatigue.

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,232,912 01/12/2016 2011-032

State Of Development

A prototype has been developed and tested


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