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A Review of Wearable Sensor Systems for Monitoring Body Movements of Neonates

Center for Intelligent Medical Electronics, Department of Electronic Engineering, School of Information Science and Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands
Department of Neonatology, Máxima Medical Center, Veldhoven 5500 MB, The Netherlands
Shanghai Key Laboratory of Medical Imaging Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, Shanghai 200000, China
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Academic Editors: Octavian Adrian Postolache, Alex Casson and Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Sensors 2016, 16(12), 2134;
Received: 15 October 2016 / Revised: 8 December 2016 / Accepted: 9 December 2016 / Published: 14 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing Technology for Healthcare System)
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Characteristics of physical movements are indicative of infants’ neuro-motor development and brain dysfunction. For instance, infant seizure, a clinical signal of brain dysfunction, could be identified and predicted by monitoring its physical movements. With the advance of wearable sensor technology, including the miniaturization of sensors, and the increasing broad application of micro- and nanotechnology, and smart fabrics in wearable sensor systems, it is now possible to collect, store, and process multimodal signal data of infant movements in a more efficient, more comfortable, and non-intrusive way. This review aims to depict the state-of-the-art of wearable sensor systems for infant movement monitoring. We also discuss its clinical significance and the aspect of system design. View Full-Text
Keywords: infant; wearable sensor; movement monitoring; neonate; seizure infant; wearable sensor; movement monitoring; neonate; seizure

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Chen, H.; Xue, M.; Mei, Z.; Bambang Oetomo, S.; Chen, W. A Review of Wearable Sensor Systems for Monitoring Body Movements of Neonates. Sensors 2016, 16, 2134.

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