Non-invasive optical measurement and physical modeling of blood pulse velocity for early detection of cardiovascular disease.

01 January 2010 → 31 December 2015
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Astronomy and space sciences
    • Condensed matter physics and nanophysics
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Medical imaging and therapy
    • Medical imaging and therapy
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Medical imaging and therapy
  • Engineering and technology
    • Design theories and methods
    • Mechanics
    • Other mechanical and manufacturing engineering
biomedical technology diagnosis cariovascular disease optical measurement techniques
Project description

The goals of the current project are: Development of a new contact less method, based on light interferometry which makes use of the Doppler shift of reflected light, which will allow us to measure PWV between two well defined locations close to one another. Designing and building a very compact two-channel laser-Doppler heterodyne interferometer which allows to measure blood PWV in realistic circumstances. Making a physics-based model of the fluid dynamics, and using this model to calculate stiffness of the artery. Explorative research for miniaturization and integration of the interferometer components, as onset for a fully integrated micro-vibrometer.