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A remote and non-contact method for obtaining the blood-pulse waveform with a laser Doppler vibrometer
Author(s): Candida L. Desjardins; Lynn T. Antonelli; Edward Soares
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Paper Abstract

The use of lasers to remotely and non-invasively detect the blood pressure waveform of humans and animals would provide a powerful diagnostic tool. Current blood pressure measurement tools, such as a cuff, are not useful for burn and trauma victims, and animals require catheterization to acquire accurate blood pressure information. The purpose of our sensor method and apparatus invention is to remotely and non-invasively detect the blood pulse waveform of both animals and humans. This device is used to monitor an animal or human's skin in proximity to an artery using radiation from a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). This system measures the velocity (or displacement) of the pulsatile motion of the skin, indicative of physiological parameters of the arterial motion in relation to the cardiac cycle. Tests have been conducted that measures surface velocity with an LDV and a signal-processing unit, with enhanced detection obtained with optional hardware including a retro-reflector dot. The blood pulse waveform is obtained by integrating the velocity signal to get surface displacement using standard signal processing techniques. Continuous recording of the blood pulse waveform yields data containing information on cardiac health and can be analyzed to identify important events in the cardiac cycle, such as heart rate, the timing of peak systole, left ventricular ejection time and aortic valve closure. Experimental results are provided that demonstrates the current capabilities of the optical, non-contact sensor for the continuous, non-contact recording of the blood pulse waveform without causing patient distress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6430, Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems V, 64301C (6 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.701139
Show Author Affiliations
Candida L. Desjardins, College of the Holy Cross (United States)
Lynn T. Antonelli, Naval Undersea Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Edward Soares, College of the Holy Cross (United States)
Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6430:
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems V
Ramesh Raghavachari; Tuan Vo-Dinh; Warren S. Grundfest M.D.; David A. Benaron M.D.; Gerald E. Cohn, Editor(s)

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