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A novel multi-wavelength procedure for blood pressure estimation using opto-physiological sensor at peripheral arteries and capillaries
Author(s): Francesco Scardulla; Sijung Hu; Leonardo D'Acquisto; Salvatore Pasta ; Laura Barrett; Panagiotis Blanos; Liangwen Yan
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Paper Abstract

In this study, the Carelight multi-wavelength opto-electronic patch sensor (OEPS) was adopted to assess the effectiveness of a new approach for estimating the systolic blood pressure (SBP) through the changes in the morphology of the OEPS signal. Specifically, the SBP was estimated by changing the pressure exerted on an inflatable cuff placed around the left upper arm. Pressure acquisitions were performed both with gold standard (i.e. electronic sphygmomanometer), and Carelight sensor (experimental procedure), on subjects from a multiethnic cohort (aged 28 ± 7). The OEPS sensor was applied together with a manual inflatable cuff, going slightly above the level of the SBP with increases of +10mmHg and subsequently deflated by 10mmHg until reaching full deflation. The OEPS signals were captured using four wavelength illumination sources (i.e., green 525 nm, orange 595 nm, red 650 nm and IR 870 nm) on three different measuring sites, namely forefinger, radial artery and wrist. The implemented algorithm provides information on the instant when the SBP was reached and the signal is lost since the vessel is completely blocked. Similarly, it detected the signal resumption when the external pressure dropped below the SBP. The findings demonstrated a good correlation between the variation of the pressure and the corresponding OEPS signal with the most accurate result achieved in the fingertip among all wavelengths, with a temporal identification error of 8.07 %. Further studies will improve the clinical relevance on a cohort of patients diagnosed with hyper- or hypotension, in order to develop a wearable blood-pressure device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10486, Design and Quality for Biomedical Technologies XI, 1048614 (19 February 2018);
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Francesco Scardulla, Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
Sijung Hu, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Leonardo D'Acquisto, Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
Salvatore Pasta , Fondazione Ri.MED (Italy)
Laura Barrett, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Panagiotis Blanos, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Liangwen Yan , Shanghai Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10486:
Design and Quality for Biomedical Technologies XI
Ramesh Raghavachari; Rongguang Liang, Editor(s)

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