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Evaluation of a Fiber-optic Esophageal Pulse Oximeter

Phillips, J. P., Langford, R. M., Chang, S. H. , Maney, K., Kyriacou, P. A. & Jones, D. P. (2009). Evaluation of a Fiber-optic Esophageal Pulse Oximeter. In: Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference. EMBC 2009. Annual International Conference of the IEEE, 3-6 Sept. 2009, Minneapolis, MN.


A dual-wavelength fiber-optic pulse oximetry system was developed for the purposes of estimating oxygen saturation from the esophagus. A probe containing miniature right-angled glass prisms was used to record photoplethysmographic (PPG) signals from the esophageal wall. Signals were recorded successfully in 19 of 20 patients, demonstrating that PPG signals could be reliably obtained from an internal vascularized tissue site such as the esophageal epithelium. The value of the mean oxygen saturation recorded from the esophagus was 94.0plusmn4.0%. These results demonstrate that SpO2 may be estimated in the esophagus using a fiber-optic probe and this may be the first report of such measurements.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology; Technology; Engineering, Biomedical; Engineering; BLOOD-OXYGEN SATURATION; PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAPHIC SIGNALS; CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY; SYSTEM
Subjects: R Medicine
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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