Arterial pulses assessed with FBG based films: A smart skin approach

C. Leitao, M. Fátima Domingues, S. Novais, C. Tavares, J. Pinto, C. Marques, P. Antunes

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Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in the world and its occurrence is closely related to arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness is commonly evaluated by analysing the arterial pulse waveform and velocity, with electromechanical pressure transducers, in superficial arteries such as carotid, radial and femoral. In order to ease the acquisition procedure and increase the patients comfort during the measurements, new optical fibre techniques have been explored to be used in the reliable detection of arterial pulse waves, due to their small size, high sensitivity, electrical isolation and immunity to electromagnetic interference. More specifically, fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) are refractive index modulated structures engraved in the core of an optical fibre, which have a well-defined resonance wavelength that varies with the strain conditions of the medium, known as Bragg wavelength. In this work, FBGs were embedded in a commercial resin, producing films that were used to assess the arterial pulse in superficial locations such as carotid, radial and foot dorsum. The technique proved to be a promising, comfortable and trustworthy way to assess the arterial pulses, with all the optical fibre use advantages, in a non-intrusive biomedical sensing procedure. Examples of possible applications of the developed structures are smart skin structures to monitor arterial cardiovascular parameters, in a stable and reliable way, throughout daily activities or even during exams with high electromagnetic fields, such as magnetic resonance imaging.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationBiophotonics
Subtitle of host publicationPhotonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI
EditorsJurgen Popp, Valery V. Tuchin, Francesco Saverio Pavone
ISBN (Electronic)9781510618961
StatePublished - 2018
EventBiophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI 2018 - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 23 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceBiophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI 2018


  • Arterial pulse waveforms
  • arterial stiffness
  • cardiovascular monitoring
  • fibre Bragg gratings
  • optical fibre sensors
  • pulse wave velocity
  • wearable devices


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