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E-Bra system for women ECG measurement with GPRS communication, Nanosensor, and motion artifact remove algorithm
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Paper Abstract

CardioVascular Disease(CVD)s lead the sudden cardiac death due to irregular phenomenon of the cardiac signal by the abnormal case of blood vessel and cardiac structure. For last two decades, cardiac disease research for man is under active discussion. As a result, the death rate by cardiac disease in men has been falling gradually compared with relatively increasing the women death rate due to CVD[2]. The main reason of this phenomenon causes the lack a sense of the seriousness to female CVD and different symptom of female CVD compared with the symptoms of male CVD. Usually, because the women CVD accompanies with ordinary symptoms unrecognizing the heart abnormality signal such as unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, anxiety, chest discomfort, and indigestion dyspepsia, most women CVD patients do not realize that these symptoms are related to the CVD symptoms. Therefore, periodic ECG signal observation is required for women cardiac disease patients. ElectroCardioGram(ECG) detection, treadmill test/exercise ECG, nuclear scan, coronary angiography, and intracoronary ultrasound are used to diagnose abnormality of heart. Among the medical checkup methods for CVDs checkup, it is very effective method for the diagnosis of cardiac disease and the early detection of heart abnormality to monitor ECG periodically. This paper suggests the effective ECG monitoring system for woman by attaching the system on woman’s brassiere by using augmented chest lead attachment method. The suggested system in this paper consists of ECG signal transmission system and a server program to display and analyze the transmitted ECG. The ECG signal transmission system consists of three parts such as ECG physical signal detection part with two electrodes made by gold nanowire structure, data acquisition with AD converter, and data transmission part with GPRS(General Packet Radio Service) communication. Usually, to detect human bio signal, Ag/AgCl or gold cup electrodes are used with conductive gel. However, the gel can be dried when taking long time monitoring. The gold nanowire structure electrodes without consideration of uncomfortable usage of gel are attached on beneath the chest position of a brassiere, and the electrodes convert the physical ECG signal to voltage potential signal. The voltage potential ECG signal is converted to digital signal by AD converter included in microprocessor. The converted ECG signal by AD converter is saved on every 1 sec period in the internal RAM in microprocessor. For transmission of the saved data in the internal RAM to a server computer locating at remote area, the system uses the GPRS communication technology, which can develop the wide area network(WAP) without any gateway and repeater. In addition, the transmission system is operated on client mode of GPRS communication. The remote server is installed a program including the functions of displaying and analyzing the transmitted ECG. To display the ECG data, the program is operated with TCP/IP server mode and static IP address, and to analyze the ECG data, the paper suggests motion artifact remove algorithm including adaptive filter with LMS(least mean square), baseline detection algorithm using predictability estimation theory, a filter with moving weighted factor, low pass filter, peak to peak detection, and interpolation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8548, Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine, 85482N (24 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.946121
Show Author Affiliations
Hyeokjun Kwon, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Sechang Oh, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Prashanth S. Kumar, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8548:
Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine
Sang H. Choi; Jin-Ho Choy; Uhn Lee M.D.; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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