New vital sign monitoring system 'could aid heart disease detection'

8 January 2016

A new touchless system for monitoring vital signs has been developed that could lead to improved detection of heart problems.

Created by the University of Waterloo in Ontario, the device is a groundbreaking portable system that monitors a patient's blood flow at multiple arterial points simultaneously without direct contact with the skin.

This whole-body imaging method, which uses patent-pending technology called Coded Haemodynamic Imaging, allows for advanced approaches to monitoring that cannot be accomplished via traditional single-point methods.

Its contactless nature makes it ideal for monitoring those with painful burns, highly contagious diseases or infants in neonatal intensive care; moreover, it is able to scan multiple patients individually at once and from a distance, offering significant potential for mass emergency scenarios or usage in care homes.

Professor Alexander Wong of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo said: "This technology provides for a more predictive approach to monitor vitals and the potential for its use is extensive."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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