Development of a Tonometric Sensor with a Decoupled Circular Array forPrecisely Measuring Radial Artery Pulse

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Jun, Min-Ho ; Kim, Young-Min ; Bae, Jang-Han ; Jung, Chang Jin ; Cho, Jung-Hee ; Jeon, Young Ju (2016)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
  • Journal: volume 16, issue 6 (issn: 1424-8220, eissn: 1424-8220)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3390/s16060768, pmc: PMC4934194
  • Subject: pressure sensor | tonometric sensor | face-down bonding (FDB) | piezoresistive sensor | TP1-1185 | pressure sensor; radial artery pulse; piezoresistive sensor; tonometricsensor; face-down bonding (FDB); decoupled circular array | decoupled circular array | Chemical technology | Article | radial artery pulse

The radial artery pulse is one of the major diagnostic indices used clinically in both Eastern and Western medicine. One of the prominent methods for measuring the radial artery pulse is the piezoresistive sensor array. Independence among channels and an appropriate sensor arrangement are important for effectively assessing the spatial-temporal information of the pulse. This study developed a circular-type seven-channel piezoresistive sensor array using face-down bonding (FDB) as one of the sensor combination methods. The three-layered housing structure that included independent pressure sensor units using the FDB method not only enabled elimination of the crosstalk among channels, but also allowed various array patterns to be created for effective pulse measurement. The sensors were arranged in a circular-type arrangement such that they could estimate the direction of the radial artery and precisely measure the pulse wave. The performance of the fabricated sensor array was validated by evaluating the sensor sensitivity per channel, and the possibility of estimating the blood vessel direction was demonstrated through a radial artery pulse simulator. We expect the proposed sensor to allow accurate extraction of the pulse indices for pulse diagnosis.
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