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Phantom Limb Pain Management Using Facial Expression Analysis, Biofeedback and Augmented Reality Interfacing

2010

Conference Paper

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Post-amputation sensation often translates to the feeling of severe pain in the missing limb, referred to as phantom limb pain (PLP). A clear and rational treatment regimen is difficult to establish, as long as the underlying pathophysiology is not fully known. In this work, an innovative PLP management system is presented, as a module of an holistic computer-mediated pain management environment, namely Epione. The proposed Epione-PLP scheme is structured upon advanced facial expression analysis, used to form a dynamic pain meter, which, in turn, is used to trigger biofeedback and augmented reality-based PLP distraction scenarios. The latter incorporate a model of the missing limb for its visualization, in an effort to provide to the amputee the feeling of its existence and control, and, thus, maximize his/her PLP relief. The novel Epione-PLP management approach integrates edge-technology within the context of personalized health and it could be used to facilitate easing of PLP patients' suffering, provide efficient progress monitoring and contribute to the increase in their quality of life.

Author(s): Tzionas, D. and Vrenas, K. and Eleftheriadis, S. and Georgoulis, S. and Petrantonakis, P. C. and Hadjileontiadis, L. J.
Book Title: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conferenceon Software Development for EnhancingAccessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion
Pages: 23-30
Year: 2010
Series: DSAI '10
Publisher: UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Department(s): Perceiving Systems
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

URL: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/6870/1/DSAI2010_Proceedings_Book.pdf

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@inproceedings{TzionasVrenasEtal:2010,
  title = {Phantom Limb Pain Management Using Facial Expression Analysis, Biofeedback and Augmented Reality Interfacing},
  author = {Tzionas, D. and Vrenas, K. and Eleftheriadis, S. and Georgoulis, S. and Petrantonakis, P. C. and Hadjileontiadis, L. J.},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 3rd International Conferenceon Software Development for EnhancingAccessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion},
  pages = {23-30},
  series = {DSAI '10},
  publisher = {UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro},
  year = {2010},
  url = {http://eprints.port.ac.uk/6870/1/DSAI2010_Proceedings_Book.pdf}
}