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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-57749

Trajkovic, I; Scholkmann, F; Wolf, M (2011). Estimating and validating the interbeat intervals of the heart using near-infrared spectroscopy on the human forehead. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 16(8):087002.

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In studies with near-infrared spectroscopy, the recorded signals contain information on the temporal interbeat intervals of the heart. If this cardiac information is needed exclusively and could directly be extracted, an additional electrocardiography device would be unnecessary. The aim was to estimate these intervals from signals measured with near-infrared spectroscopy with two novel approaches. In one approach, we model the heartbeat oscillations in these signals with a Fourier series where the coefficients and the fundamental frequency can continuously change over time. The time-dependent model parameters are estimated and used to calculate the interbeat intervals. The second approach uses empirical mode decomposition. The signal measured with near-infrared spectroscopy is empirically decomposed into a set of oscillatory components. The sum of a specific subset of them is an estimate of the pure heartbeat signal in which the diastolic peaks and consequential interbeat intervals are detected. We show in simultaneous electrocardiography and near-infrared spectroscopy measurements on 11 subjects (8 men and 3 woman with mean age 32.8 ± 8.1 yr), that the interbeat intervals (and the consequential pulse rate variability measures), estimated using the proposed approaches, are in high agreement with their correspondents from electrocardiography.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:31 Jan 2012 18:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:32
Publisher:Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Additional Information:Copyright 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. This paper was published in J Biomed Opt. 2011 Aug;16(8):087002 and is made available as an electronic reprint with permission of SPIE. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
Publisher DOI:10.1117/1.3606560
PubMed ID:21895329

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