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Validation of Noninvasive MOEMS-Assisted Measurement System Based on CCD Sensor for Radial Pulse Analysis

Institute for Hi-Tech Development, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Kaunas University of Technology, Studentu 65-209, Kaunas LT-51369, Lithuania
Research Group for Mathematical and Numerical Analysis of Dynamical Systems, Kaunas University of Technology, Studentu 50-222, Kaunas LT-51368, Lithuania
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Sensors 2013, 13(4), 5368-5380;
Received: 30 January 2013 / Revised: 22 March 2013 / Accepted: 25 March 2013 / Published: 22 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laser Sensing and Imaging)
Examination of wrist radial pulse is a noninvasive diagnostic method, which occupies a very important position in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on manual palpation and therefore relies largely on the practitioner’s subjective technical skills and judgment. Consequently, it lacks reliability and consistency, which limits practical applications in clinical medicine. Thus, quantifiable characterization of the wrist pulse diagnosis method is a prerequisite for its further development and widespread use. This paper reports application of a noninvasive CCD sensor-based hybrid measurement system for radial pulse signal analysis. First, artery wall deformations caused by the blood flow are calibrated with a laser triangulation displacement sensor, following by the measurement of the deformations with projection moiré method. Different input pressures and fluids of various viscosities are used in the assembled artificial blood flow system in order to test the performance of laser triangulation technique with detection sensitivity enhancement through microfabricated retroreflective optical element placed on a synthetic vascular graft. Subsequently, the applicability of double-exposure whole-field projection moiré technique for registration of blood flow pulses is considered: a computational model and representative example are provided, followed by in vitro experiment performed on a vascular graft with artificial skin atop, which validates the suitability of the technique for characterization of skin surface deformations caused by the radial pulsation. View Full-Text
Keywords: radial pulse; laser triangulation; MOEMS; CCD sensor; projection moiré radial pulse; laser triangulation; MOEMS; CCD sensor; projection moiré
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Malinauskas, K.; Palevicius, P.; Ragulskis, M.; Ostasevicius, V.; Dauksevicius, R. Validation of Noninvasive MOEMS-Assisted Measurement System Based on CCD Sensor for Radial Pulse Analysis. Sensors 2013, 13, 5368-5380.

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