Blood flow measurements at different depths using photoplethysmography and laser Doppler techniques
2009 (English)In: Skin research and technology, ISSN 0909-752X, E-ISSN 1600-0846, Vol. 15, no 2, 139-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background/purpose: This study has evaluated a multi-parametric system combining laser Doppler flowmetry and photoplethysmography in a single probe for the simultaneous measurement of blood flow at different depths in the tissue. This system will be used to facilitate the understanding of pressure ulcer formation and in the evaluation of pressure ulcer mattresses.
Methods: The blood flow in the tissue over the sacrum was measured before, during and after loading with 37.5 mmHg, respectively, 50.0 mmHg. The evaluation of the system consisted of one clinical part, and the other part focusing on the technicalities of the probe prototype.
Results: An increase in blood flow while loading was the most common response, but when the blood flow decreased during loading it was most affected at the skin surface and the blood flow responses may be different due to depths of measurement. Reactive hyperaemia may occur more frequently in the superficial layers of the tissue.
Conclusion: The study showed that the new system is satisfactory for measuring tissue blood flow at different depths. The laser Doppler complements the photoplethysmography, and further development of the system into a thin flexible probe with the ability to measure a larger area is required.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Vol. 15, no 2, 139-147 p.
pressure ulcers, blood flow, photoplethysmography, laser Doppler flowmetry, non-invasive
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18018DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0846.2008.00337.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18018DiVA: diva2:214255
This is the authors’ version of the following article: Sara Bergstrand, Lars-Göran Lindberg, Anna-Christina Ek and Margareta Lindgren, Blood flow measurements at different depths using photoplethysmography and laser Doppler techniques, 2009, SKIN RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, (15), 2, 139-147. which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0846.2008.00337.x Copyright: Blackwell Publishing Ltd http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/2009-05-262009-05-042014-08-29Bibliographically approved