Ultrasonic measurement of fine head movements in a standard ophthalmic headrest

Kasprzak, Henryk & Iskander, Robert (2009) Ultrasonic measurement of fine head movements in a standard ophthalmic headrest. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 59(1), pp. 164-170.

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We aimed to investigate the naturally occurring horizontal plane movements of a head stabilized in a standard ophthalmic headrest and to analyze their magnitude, velocity, spectral characteristics, and correlation to the cardio pulmonary system. Two custom-made air-coupled highly accurate (±2 μm)ultrasound transducers were used to measure the displacements of the head in different horizontal directions with a sampling frequency of 100 Hz. Synchronously to the head movements, an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal was recorded. Three healthy subjects participated in the study. Frequency analysis of the recorded head movements and their velocities was carried out, and functions of coherence between the two displacements and the ECG signal were calculated. Frequency of respiration and the heartbeat were clearly visible in all recorded head movements. The amplitude of head displacements was typically in the range of ±100 μm. The first harmonic of the heartbeat (in the range of 2–3 Hz), rather than its principal frequency, was found to be the dominant frequency of both head movements and their velocities. Coherence analysis showed high interdependence between the considered signals for frequencies of up to 20 Hz. These findings may contribute to the design of better ophthalmic headrests and should help other studies in the decision making of whether to use a heavy headrest or a bite bar.

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ID Code: 31123
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Distance measurement, electrocardiogram (ECG), optometry and Ophthalmology, ultrasound tranducers
DOI: 10.1109/TIM.2009.2022431
ISSN: 0018-9456
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2010 04:30
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 05:52

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