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Laser Doppler Measurement Of Coronary Blood Flow Velocity
Author(s): Michael D. Stern
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Paper Abstract

Clinical measurement of coronary flow reserve by means of a fiber-optic laser Doppler catheter requires the measurement of blood flow velocity with minimal interference from the flow disturbance caused by the catheter itself. Study of Doppler scattering in blood by a transport theory approach shows that use of two spatially separated fibers for illumination and collection of light would give greater penetration of the velocity sensing region through the hydrodynamic boundary layer of the catheter. The design of a laser-Doppler velocimeter using dual multimode fibers with frequency shifted heterodyne detection is described. Flow velocity is estimated from the frequency moments of the spectrum, which are determined in realtime by analog signal processing without the use of spectrum analysis. Signal to noise analysis indicates that the output noise of the velocity estimate should be easily adequate to permit measurement of coronary flow reserve and resolution of the phasic characteristics of flow velocity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0713, Optical Fibers in Medicine II, (1 April 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937384
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Michael D. Stern, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0713:
Optical Fibers in Medicine II
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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