The development of motion-tracking strategies for cineradiographic images : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Production Technology at Massey University
This research describes the development of motion-tracking algorithms for a new dynamic spinal motion analysis system. This system utilises digital image processing techniques to extract motion parameters from video cineradiographic sequences of the human spine. The automated tracking of vertebral motion results in accurate assessment of translational and rotational displacement. This has been verified by extensive testing on prescribed motion sequences generated by a digital image warping based algorithm. The use of the motion measurement system provides a new tool for spinal health care professionals in the diagnosis of spinal dysfunction.