The Gait Laboratory at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane is using animation technology as was used in films like The Lord of the Rings to assess why some young children have difficulty walking.
Gait Laboratory director Dr Robyn Grote said the technology was helping them map a child's motion precisely and thus reducing the need for multiple surgeries.
Advertisement"A number of reflective markers are placed on a child's legs, while eight specially designed cameras placed around the room record how these markers move," Dr Grote said. "Several cameras track each marker to allow a computer to create a three-dimensional view of the child's motion.
The lab is also looking to develop a pilot programme that will examine the way children move their arms and fingers.