The NCSEM-EM hub is based in a state-of-the-art building, purpose designed to facilitate the transfer of high quality research into frontline patient care. The building features a range of cutting-edge technology and specialist medical equipment.
- Functional analysis rehabilitation lab
The functional analysis rehabilitation lab is a state-of-the-art space containing the latest cutting-edge technology for research. Motion capture cameras of the highest resolution and precision will be available, along with hi-speed video cameras, force plates of different sizes and an electromyography system with display screens for feedback.
- Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN)
The CAREN is an interactive system that can be used to treat and rehabilitate patients with, for example, back pain or posture and balance difficulties. It contains the latest technology for the registration, evaluation and training of functional human behaviour. The system consists of a motion base, integrated force plates, eight-camera real-time motion capture system, and a projection system, used for a range of posture and balance related applications.
- Disability sport lab
The disability sport lab is used for testing and assessment of submaximal and maximal aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness, lung function, body composition and biochemical analyses of the immune system. Exercise testing is carried out in a number of settings such as using the treadmill for both wheelchair propulsion and running, and wheelchair, arm crank, handcycle and cycle ergometry.
- 3T MR imaging
The 3T MRI scanner enables high definition scans to be taken in a shorter amount of time, improving comfort and convenience. The increased image clarity provided by the 3T is beneficial in the diagnosis of more subtle conditions and in diagnosing conditions with a high level of accuracy.
- Musculoskeletal and cardiac ultrasound
The musculoskeletal and cardiac ultrasounds at the NCSEM-EM have superb imaging capabilities and increased contrast resolution. This enables enhanced visualisation of smaller conditions with greater sensitivity and aids the assessment process to support early diagnosis.