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Non invasive assessment of carotid and femoral arterial pressure using B-mode ultrasound diameter waveforms

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3 Author(s)
Graf, S. ; CONICET, Argentina ; Craiem, D. ; Armentano, R.L.

Non invasive local arterial blood pressure measurement has become a challenge over recent years. The aim of this study was to evaluate in a general population the validity of an alternative method to assess systolic local arterial blood pressure, from the analysis of B-mode diameter waveforms, and to estimate the accuracy when compared to carotid and femoral arterial tonometry. In 190 asymptomatic subjects (51±11 years, range: 24-73; pulse pressure: 51±11 mmHg, range: 31-93) systolic arterial pressure was obtained at the left carotid and left femoral artery by applanation tonometry (SBPCar_Ton and SBPFem_Ton) and by automatic analysis of B-mode echographic images, calibrated using an iterative exponential model. Tonometry and echocardiography-derived pressure estimates correlated significantly (R=0.99, p<;0.05). Mean difference between the two methods was only -2.5±5.0 mmHg for carotid artery (SBPCar_Ton: 122±18 mHg), and -2.1±5.7 mmHg for femoral artery (SBPFem_Ton: 134±21 mmHg), independent of pressure level. In conclusion, alternative method was found to allow an accurate and precise estimation of systolic local arterial pressure, with an underestimation error of ~2%.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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Aug. 28 2012-Sept. 1 2012

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