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    A web-based computer program to determine the ASIA impairment classification.

    Spinal Cord. 2009 Aug 25.

    A web-based computer program to determine the ASIA impairment classification.

    Linassi G, Li Pi Shan R, Marino RJ.

    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Objective:To develop an interactive computer program that facilitates uniformity and accuracy in the collection and assessment of spinal cord-impairment data.Design:A computer program that captures and processes clinical examination information in graphical form using the 2002 American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) guidelines. This program calculates motor and sensory level, neurological level, the ASIA impairment scale (AIS) grade and zone of partial preservation.Participants/Methods:The International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) were encoded and a graphic representation of the standard ASIA data-capturing form (with permission) was produced using Adobe Flash programming technology by the Division of Multimedia at the University of Saskatchewan.Results:Testing by the development team has been successful in producing accurate ASIA-impairment data.Conclusion:Adapting the ISNCSCI system to a computer-generated format is possible and will promote uniformity in the collection and interpretation of impairment data. This program can also be used to educate health-care personnel, including residents and medical students, on classifying the impairment in traumatic spinal cord injury.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...ubmed_RVDocSum
    “As the cast of villains in SCI is vast and collaborative, so too must be the chorus of hero's that rise to meet them” Ramer et al 2005

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    Is this webapp actually available now? Looks like this is just an abstract.

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    It looks like they have developed and tested a prototype (which is what the journal article is about). Because the ASIA is a copyrighted tool belonging to the American Spinal Injury Association, I am sure that the the developers in the article will not be marketing anytime soon as they would require an approval by ASIA to do so.

    (KLD)

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    There was discussion about the sensitivity and reproducibility of the ASIA examination yesterday at Working 2 Walk. Maybe the content of this article can help.
    “As the cast of villains in SCI is vast and collaborative, so too must be the chorus of hero's that rise to meet them” Ramer et al 2005

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