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Arterial pulses assessed with FBG based films: a smart skin approach
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Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in the world and its occurrence is closely related to arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness is commonly evaluated by analysing the arterial pulse waveform and velocity, with electromechanical pressure transducers, in superficial arteries such as carotid, radial and femoral. In order to ease the acquisition procedure and increase the patients comfort during the measurements, new optical fibre techniques have been explored to be used in the reliable detection of arterial pulse waves, due to their small size, high sensitivity, electrical isolation and immunity to electromagnetic interference. More specifically, fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) are refractive index modulated structures engraved in the core of an optical fibre, which have a well-defined resonance wavelength that varies with the strain conditions of the medium, known as Bragg wavelength. In this work, FBGs were embedded in a commercial resin, producing films that were used to assess the arterial pulse in superficial locations such as carotid, radial and foot dorsum. The technique proved to be a promising, comfortable and trustworthy way to assess the arterial pulses, with all the optical fibre use advantages, in a non-intrusive biomedical sensing procedure. Examples of possible applications of the developed structures are smart skin structures to monitor arterial cardiovascular parameters, in a stable and reliable way, throughout daily activities or even during exams with high electromagnetic fields, such as magnetic resonance imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10685, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI, 106852S (17 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2307458
Show Author Affiliations
C. Leitão, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
M. Fátima Domingues, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
S. Novais, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
C. Tavares, Univ. de Aveior (Portugal)
Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
J. Pinto, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
C. Marques, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
P. Antunes, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10685:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI
Jürgen Popp; Valery V. Tuchin; Francesco Saverio Pavone, Editor(s)

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