New insight in spiral drawing analysis methods - Application to action tremor quantification

作者:Legrand Andre Pierre*; Rivals Isabelle; Richard Alienor; Apartis Emmanuelle; Roze Emmanuel; Vidailhet Marie; Meunier Sabine; Hainque Elodie
来源:Clinical Neurophysiology, 2017, 128(10): 1823-1834.


Objective: Spiral drawing is one of the standard tests used to assess tremor severity for the clinical evaluation of medical treatments. Tremor severity is estimated through visual rating of the drawings by movement disorders experts. Different approaches based on the mathematical signal analysis of the recorded spiral drawings were proposed to replace this rater dependent estimate. The objective of the present study is to propose new numerical methods and to evaluate them in terms of agreement with visual rating and reproducibility.& para;& para;Methods: Series of spiral drawings of patients with essential tremor were visually rated by a board of experts. In addition to the usual velocity analysis, three new numerical methods were tested and compared, namely static and dynamic unraveling, and empirical mode decomposition. The reproducibility of both visual and numerical ratings was estimated, and their agreement was evaluated.& para;& para;Results: The statistical analysis demonstrated excellent agreement between visual and numerical ratings, and more reproducible results with numerical methods than with visual ratings.& para;& para;Conclusions: The velocity method and the new numerical methods are in good agreement. Among the latter, static and dynamic unravelling both display a smaller dispersion and are easier for automatic analysis.& para;& para;Significance: The reliable scores obtained through the proposed numerical methods allow considering that their implementation on a digitized tablet, be it connected with a computer or independent, provides an efficient automatic tool for tremor severity assessment.

  • 出版日期2017-10