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Sensors 2010, 10(11), 10314-10327; doi:10.3390/s101110314

A New Wireless Biosensor for Intra-Vaginal Temperature Monitoring

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1 Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Beira Interior, Rua Marquês D’Ávila e Bolama, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal 2 EST—Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Av. do Empresário, 6000-767 Castelo Branco, Portugal 3 E.T.S. Ingenieros de Telecomunicación, University of Valladolid, Paseo de Belén 15, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Received: 28 September 2010 / Revised: 3 November 2010 / Accepted: 9 November 2010 / Published: 17 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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Wireless Body Sensors for medical purposes offer valuable contributions to improve patients’ healthcare, including diagnosis and/or therapeutics monitoring. Body temperature is a crucial parameter in healthcare diagnosis. In gynecology and obstetrics it is measured at the skin’s surface, which is very influenced by the environment. This paper proposes a new intra-body sensor for long-term intra-vaginal temperature collection. The embedded IEEE 802.15.4 communication module allows the integration of this sensor in a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for remote data access and monitoring. We present the sensor architecture, the construction of the corresponding testbed, and its performance evaluation. This sensor may be used in different medical applications, including preterm labor prevention and fertility and ovulation period detection. The features of the constructed testbed were validated in laboratory tests verifying its accuracy and performance.
Keywords: e-health; IEEE 802.14.5; temperature; Wireless Body Sensor; Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) e-health; IEEE 802.14.5; temperature; Wireless Body Sensor; Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN)
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Caldeira, J.M.L.P.; Rodrigues, J.J.P.C.; Garcia, J.F.R.; Torre, I. A New Wireless Biosensor for Intra-Vaginal Temperature Monitoring. Sensors 2010, 10, 10314-10327.

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