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.
"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
The lab is also
looking to develop a pilot programme that will examine the way children move
their arms and fingers.