PARROT: An orofacial myofunctional imaging and pressure mapping device
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Chastain, Hanna. 2021. PARROT: An orofacial myofunctional imaging and pressure mapping device -- In Proceedings: 20th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 6
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are characterized by abnormal movement patterns of the mouth. Complications from OMDs include problems with talking, swallowing, and breathing. The tongue is a commonly assessed structure within the mouth to monitor complications from OMDs. The tongue's placement within the oral cavity, however, limits the accessibility to observe and record objective lingual behaviors such as spatial positioning, placement (passive, active), movement, and performance simultaneously. PARROT is a wireless orofacial myofunctional imaging and pressure device to objectively measure tongue behaviors such as spatial positioning, placement, and movement without impeding natural movement. Further development and refinement of PARROT as a wearable mouthpiece with integrated sensors continues, in addition to exploring PARROT's viability for telemedicine capabilities alongside clinical guidance. Results obtained from this study will assist in the advancement of PARROT and current clinical practices addressing functional complications such as dysphagia and sleep apnea.
First place winner of a poster presentation for Applied Learning at the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) held virtually, Wichita State University, April 9, 2021.