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Study of human cardiac cycle using holographic interferometry
Author(s): Glen Brown; Lawrence H. Boxler; Patrick K. C. Chun; Arthur B. Western
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Paper Abstract

A study using holographic interferometry (HI) to examine human body surface motion has been done. Skin surface motion resulting from the pumping action of the heart is detectable with holographic methods. We have examined the skin motion in the neck area in detail. The interferograms obtained using a double pulsed ruby laser system provide an image of the human subjects with a fringe pattern superimposed upon that image. The fringe patterns correspond to the motion of the skin during the time between the two laser pulses. These fringe patterns were analyzed and correlated with several known cardiac phenomena. The patterns show a high degree of intra- and inter-subject consistency for healthy male subjects. To determine direction (sign) of skin displacement from standard interferograms a method of introducing reference fringes was incorporated into the system. To confirm that the fringe patterns yield accurate displacement data a point sensor was utilized to directly measure skin movement. Holographic interferometry''s future value as a clinical tool warrants further detailed investigation. 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1396, Applications of Optical Engineering: Proceedings of OE/Midwest '90, (1 March 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25807
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Glen Brown, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Lawrence H. Boxler, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Patrick K. C. Chun, Tulsa Heart Ctr. (United States)
Arthur B. Western, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1396:
Applications of Optical Engineering: Proceedings of OE/Midwest '90

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