Conference Paper

Contact-free measurement of heartbeat signal via a Doppler radar using adaptive filtering

Dept. of Electron., Fourth Mil. Med. Univ., Xian, China
DOI: 10.1109/IASP.2010.5476157 Conference: Image Analysis and Signal Processing (IASP), 2010 International Conference on
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It has been proven that the cardiopulmonary signs, including respiration and heartbeat signal, can be contact-free measured via a Doppler radar. However, the heartbeat signal cannot be identified when the human subject does not hold his or her breath. To resolve the problem, the adaptive noise canceller (ANC) based on recursive-least square (RLS) algorithm is presented to simultaneously measure the heartbeat and the respiration signal. Experimental results showed that not only can the heartbeat signal be well identified, but the heart rate also strongly correlated with that derived from the electrocardiogram (ECG).

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    • "Non-contact measurements of physiological parameters can be achieved using thermal infrared imaging, a technology employed by Pavlidis et al. to collect physiological data on human faces like heart and respiratory rates, perspiration, supraorbital and periorbital blood flow [4] [5] [6] [7]. Similarly, Doppler radars are non-contact sensors that were used to detect heartbeats [8] [9] and respiration signals [10]. More recently, digital cameras and webcams were employed on the face to detect Blood Volume Pulse (BVP) [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] and compute HR and Breathing Rate (BR). "
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