CatWalk

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Overview

A novel system for automated quantitative gait analysis in rodents. Objectively and rapidly measure a range of gait and inidividual paw parameters. We are currently offering a free trial of CatWalk so researchers can collect data to assess the value of the system, get publishable results and support grant bids. Contact us for more details.

How it Works

An animal traverses the walkway in a darkened room.

Light is internally reflected within the walkway. When the animals paws touch the glass the light escapes as their paw print and is captured by a high speed camera mounted  beneath the walkway.

A video feed of the pattern of actual footprints is automatically analysed by the CatWalk software.

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
Automatic gait analysis measuring a range of parameters including pressure, stride length, swing and stance durationCollect and analyse the data you need quickly and easily
Clearly differentiate between a paw in contact with the surface and one in the airRobust data collection for a range of research applications e.g. pain assessment
A diagnostic tool for a host of diseases and disabilities including arthritis and strokeReplaces more subjective testing with accurate, objective data
Low light, voluntary systemLow stress environment has welfare benefits for the animal

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