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Measurement of photoplethysmographic signals in human abdominal organs

Kyriacou, P. A., Crerar-Gilbert, A., Langford, R. M. & Jones, D. P. (2009). Measurement of photoplethysmographic signals in human abdominal organs. Measurement, 42(7), pp. 1027-1031. doi: 10.1016/j.measurement.2009.03.004


There is a need for reliable continuous monitoring of abdominal organ oxygen saturation (SpO2). Splanchnic ischaemia may ultimately lead to cellular hypoxia and necrosis and contribute to the development of multiple organ failure and increased mortality. A reflectance electro-optical photoplethysmographic (PPG) probe and signal processing system were developed. Satisfactory PPG signals from abdominal organs (bowel, liver and kidney) and the finger were obtained from 12 anaesthetised patients. There were no statistically significant differences between the average PPG amplitudes recorded from the abdominal organs and those obtained simultaneously from the finger. These observations suggest that pulse oximetry can be a valid monitoring technique for abdominal organs such as the bowel, liver and kidney.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2009, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: Pulse oximetry; Photoplethysmography; PPG; Splanchnic perfusion; Abdominal perfusion; Organ perfusion
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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