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A new disposable MEMS-based manometric catheter for in-vivo medical tests
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we report on the development of a new disposable manometric catheter for diagnosis of functional swallowing disorders. The function of this catheter is to measure the intrabolus and peak pressures occurring along the esophageal tract during the swallowing process. Traditionally, in hospitals the water perfusion technique is used to diagnose the disorder. Current manometric catheters developed elsewhere use a solid-state pressure sensor mounted directly on a thin catheter to measure the pressure changes. Both types of catheters are re-usable due to the high running cost, and this in turn increases the risk of contamination among patients, and creates hygiene problems. We have developed a new disposable manometric catheter which consists of a MEMS-based pressure sensor. Recent laboratory characterizations and hospital in-vivo tests show the new developed low cost disposable catheter prototype capable of measuring pressure ranges of 0 to 100mmHg. The in-vivo tests have also shown the new catheter prototype capable of measuring the peak pressure as well as the intrabolus pressure which is a very important parameter for doctors to carry out the required diagnosis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6415, Micro- and Nanotechnology: Materials, Processes, Packaging, and Systems III, 64151L (20 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.713739
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Ming-Foey Teng, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Alex J. Hariz, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Hung-Yao Hsu, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6415:
Micro- and Nanotechnology: Materials, Processes, Packaging, and Systems III
Jung-Chih Chiao; Andrew S. Dzurak; Chennupati Jagadish; David Victor Thiel, Editor(s)

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