Respiratory-volume monitoring is an indispensable part of mechanical ventilation. Here we present a new method of the respiratory-volume measurement based on a single fibre-optical long-period sensor of bending and the correlation between torso curvature and lung volume. Unlike the commonly used air-flow based measurement methods the proposed sensor is drift-free and immune to air-leaks. In the paper, we explain the working principle of sensors, a two-step calibration-test measurement procedure and present results that establish a linear correlation between the change in the local thorax curvature and the change of the lung volume. We also discuss the advantages and limitations of these sensors with respect to the current standards.
|IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference Proceedings
|35th annual international conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society / 52nd annual conference of japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering
|3/07/13 → 7/07/13