Objective Data to Observe & Quantify Animal Gait Analysis

Tekscan's High Resolution Walkway Systems capture force and pressure, plus temporal (time) and spatial (distance) gait parameters, to evaluate animal gait, lameness and assess treatment plans. With a variety of sizes and resolution options, systems can accommodate a variety of animals ranging from rats, chickens, cats, sheep, cows and more.  

Why choose Tekscan's High Resolution Walkway?

  • Save time with automated calculation of gait parameters
  • Analyze the relationship between multiple paw/hoof strikes 
  • Evaluate limb and hoof/paw vitality
  • Objective documentation of mobility issues and progress in rehabilitation 
Turkey on a high resolution walkway.Turkey on a high resolution walkway.

Gain important insights into animal gait with objective, easy to collect data. 

Evaluate paw pressure and force per limb.Evaluate paw pressure and force per limb.

Common applications for High Resolution Animal Walkways:

  • Capture multiple sequential steps for analysis of paw and hoof function and gait
  • Identify asymmetries and pressure profile discrepancies between front and hind, or left and right hooves/paws
  • Assess high or low pressures and deviated Center of Force trajectories due to lameness and perturbed gait
  • Provides automated calculation of an array of gait parameters 
  • Study laminitis, osteoarthritis, and hip dysplasia
  • Quantify gait patterns over several strides

  • Monitor improvements in strength and weight-bearing

View our bibliography to see the broad depth of applications for the Animal Strideway.

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Software

Tekscan's Animal Walkway software is specially designed to detect the differences in strike patterns between four-legged or two-legged subjects.  The software is compatible with current Windows based operating systems. 

  • Ability to detect strike patterns for four-legged and two-legged animals
  • Display 2D and 3D real-time and recorded data
  • Automatic stance and paw strike detection
  • Display of averaged peak pressure profile for multiple selected hoof/paw strikes
  • Gait curve, peak pressure, integral and impulse are displayed in a Force vs. Time graph
  • Side-by-side comparisons of pre- and post-treatment conditions
  • Pressure profiles can be exported and shared with others in video (*.avi) format
  • Frame by frame, single, and multi-stance phase displays
  • Display Center of Force and its trajectory

Automatic Calculation of Gait Parameters into Intuitive Tables

Gait Table

Shows key values for an entire gait cycle

Gait table provides key gait parameters.Gait table provides key gait parameters.

Stance-Stride Table

Provides individual data for the left front, left hind, right front and right hind paw/hoof

Stance-Stride Table provides key values for each limb allowing for easy comparison.Stance-Stride Table provides key values for each limb allowing for easy comparison.

Symmetry Table

Provides a symmetry score (or index) between front and hind, and left and right sides (in %)

Symmetry Table provides quick comparison between front and hind paws as well as between sides.Symmetry Table provides quick comparison between front and hind paws as well as between sides.

Gait Analysis Solutions for Small or Large Animals

A rodent walks across the specially designed Very High Resolution Walkway System.

A dog walks across the High Resolution Walkway System.

Selection Guide & Specification Details

A Tekscan system consists of scanning electronics, software, and patented thin-film sensors. The High Resolution Walkway system is available in a variety of standard sizes to allow for multiple hoof/paw strikes. Outlined below are recommendations based upon animal sizes.  

high resolution walkway

This walkway can be used for a variety of animals including felines, canines, poultry and mid-sized hooved animals, such as sheep and pigs. It is recommended that you use a Neoprene cover when testing animals with hooves.  

System Model Sensor Model (Qty) Active Sensing Area #of Sensing Elements
HRV2 (2) 7101 or 7101e 97.5  x 44.7 cm
(38.4 x 17.6 in)
16,704
HRV3 (3) 7101 or 7101e 146.3 x 44.7 cm
(57.6 x 17.6 in)
25,056
HRV4 (4) 7101 or 7101e 195.1 x 44.7 cm
(76.8 x 17.6 in)
33,408

HRV5

(5) 7101 or 7101e 243.8 x 44.7 cm
(96.0x 17.6 in)
42,240
HRV6 (6) 7101 or 7101e 292.6 x 44.7 cm
(115.2 x 17.6 in)
50,688
HRV7 (7) 7101 or 7101e 341.4 x 44.7 cm
(134.4 x 17.6 in)
59,136

 


 

very high resolution walkway

This walkway is specially designed for evaluating very small animals, such as rats and guinea pigs. 

System Model Sensor Model (Qty) Active Sensing Area #of Sensing Elements
VH2 (2) 5101 22.4 x 11.2 cm
(8.8 x 4.4 in)
3,872

VH3

(3) 5101 33.5 x 11.2 cm
(13.2 x 4.4 in)
5,808
VH4 (4) 5101 44.7 x 11.2 cm
(17.6 x 4.4 in)
7,744

 

 


 

matscan XL

The MatScan XL is designed for larger hooved animals, such as cows or horses.

System Model Sensor Model (Qty) Active Sensing Area #of Sensing Elements
MXLE2 (2) 5400N 176.8 x 57.8 cm 
(69.6 x 22.8 in)
3,536

Additional Resources


This free eBook, titled Uncovering Objective Gait Insights, from Paw to Claw, covers several different uses for low-profile, pressure-sensitive walkways and similar technologies, supporting each with real-world research success.

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