Esophageal ECG: The challenge of electrode design

Niederhauser, Thomas; Häberlin, Andreas; Vogel, R; Marisa, Thanks; Götte, Josef; Jacomet, Marcel (2011). Esophageal ECG: The challenge of electrode design. In: IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications 2011 (pp. 322-326). IEEE 10.1109/MeMeA.2011.5966698

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Two commercially available electrode catheters are examined for their suitability in esophageal long-term ECG recordings. Both, electrical sensing characteristics as well as clinical acceptance were investigated in a clinical study including inpatients with cardiovascular diseases. In total, 31 esophageal ECG were obtained in 36 patients. Results showed that esophageal electrodes were well tolerated by the patients. Hemispherical electrodes with higher diameter required more insertion attempts and were associated with increased failure rates as compared to cylindrical electrodes. In contrast, the higher surface area of hemispherical electrodes resulted in significantly higher signal-to-noise ratio. Contact impedance was equal for both electrode types, but esophageal electrodes had lower impedance if compared with skin electrodes.

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Niederhauser, Thomas, Häberlin, Andreas David Heinrich, Vogel, Rolf, Marisa, Thanks, Götte, Josef








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04 Oct 2013 14:32

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