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Electrical impedance (EI) measurements conducted on the thorax contain useful information about the changes in blood volume that occur in the thorax during the heart cycle. The aim of this paper is to present a new (tomographic-like) method to obtain this relevant information with electrical impedance measurements, using a linear electrode array. This method is tested on three subjects and the results are compared with results, obtained from magnetic resonance cine-images showing the cross-sectional surface area changes of the aorta, the vena cava, the carotid arteries, and the heart. This paper shows that the different sources of the thoracic EI waveform may be separated in time and location on the thoracic surface and that aortic volume changes may be estimated accurately.
Date of Publication: June 2002