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Photoplethysmographic sensors for perfusion measurements in spinal cord tissue

Phillips, J. P. & Kyriacou, P. A. (2011). Photoplethysmographic sensors for perfusion measurements in spinal cord tissue. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 307(1), article number 12016. doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/307/1/012016


Sensors for recording photoplethysmographic signals from the nervous tissue of the spinal cord are described. The purpose of these sensors is to establish whether perfusion is compromised in various states of injury which occur in certain animal models of spinal cord injury, for example compression injury. Various measures of perfusion are applicable such as the amplitude of the photoplethysmograph signal and the oxygen saturation, measured using a dual wavelength configuration. Signals are usually compared to baseline measurements made in uninjured subjects. This paper describes two types of probe, one based on optical fibres, and one in which optotes are placed in direct contact with the tissue surface. Results from a study based on a compression model utilising a fibreoptic sensor are presented.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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