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2020

Design and Evaluation of a Diaphragm for Electrocardiography in Electronic Stethoscopes

Authors
Martins, M; Gomes, P; Oliveira, C; Coimbra, M; da Silva, HP;

Publication
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Abstract
Combining Phonocardiography (PCG) and Electrocardiography (ECG) data has been recognized within the state-of-the-art as of added value for enhanced cardiovascular assessment. However, multiple aspects of ECG data acquisition in a stethoscope form factor remain unstudied, and existing devices typically enforce a substantial change into routine clinical auscultation procedures, with predictably low technology acceptance. As such, in this paper, we present a novel approach to ECG data acquisition throughout the five main cardiac auscultation points, and that intends to be incorporated in a commonly used electronic stethoscope. Therefore, it enables analysis and acquisition of both PCG and ECG signals in a single pass. We describe the development, experimental evaluation, and comparison of the ECG signals obtained using our proposed approach and a gold standard medical device, through metrics that allow the evaluation of morphological similarities. Results point to a high correlation between the two evaluated setups, thus supporting the idea of meaningfully collecting ECG data along medical auscultation points with the proposed form factor. Moreover, this work has led us to conclude that for the studied population, signals acquired on focuses F1, F2, and F3 are usually highly correlated with leads V1 and V2 of the standard ECG medical recording procedure.

2020

Pattern Recognition Techniques for the Identification of Activities of Daily Living Using a Mobile Device Accelerometer

Authors
Pires, IM; Marques, G; Garcia, NM; Florez Revuelta, F; Canavarro Teixeira, M; Zdravevski, E; Spinsante, S; Coimbra, M;

Publication
ELECTRONICS

Abstract
The application of pattern recognition techniques to data collected from accelerometers available in off-the-shelf devices, such as smartphones, allows for the automatic recognition of activities of daily living (ADLs). This data can be used later to create systems that monitor the behaviors of their users. The main contribution of this paper is to use artificial neural networks (ANN) for the recognition of ADLs with the data acquired from the sensors available in mobile devices. Firstly, before ANN training, the mobile device is used for data collection. After training, mobile devices are used to apply an ANN previously trained for the ADLs' identification on a less restrictive computational platform. The motivation is to verify whether the overfitting problem can be solved using only the accelerometer data, which also requires less computational resources and reduces the energy expenditure of the mobile device when compared with the use of multiple sensors. This paper presents a method based on ANN for the recognition of a defined set of ADLs. It provides a comparative study of different implementations of ANN to choose the most appropriate method for ADLs identification. The results show the accuracy of 85.89% using deep neural networks (DNN).

2020

Gaussian Mixture Model Based Probabilistic Modeling of Images for Medical Image Segmentation

Authors
Riaz, F; Rehman, S; Ajmal, M; Hafiz, R; Hassan, A; Aljohani, NR; Nawaz, R; Young, R; Coimbra, M;

Publication
IEEE Access

Abstract
In this paper, we propose a novel image segmentation algorithm that is based on the probability distributions of the object and background. It uses the variational level sets formulation with a novel region based term in addition to the edge-based term giving a complementary functional, that can potentially result in a robust segmentation of the images. The main theme of the method is that in most of the medical imaging scenarios, the objects are characterized by some typical characteristics such a color, texture, etc. Consequently, an image can be modeled as a Gaussian mixture of distributions corresponding to the object and background. During the procedure of curve evolution, a novel term is incorporated in the segmentation framework which is based on the maximization of the distance between the GMM corresponding to the object and background. The maximization of this distance using differential calculus potentially leads to the desired segmentation results. The proposed method has been used for segmenting images from three distinct imaging modalities i.e. magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), dermoscopy and chromoendoscopy. Experiments show the effectiveness of the proposed method giving better qualitative and quantitative results when compared with the current state-of-the-art. © 2013 IEEE.

2020

Computer Vision Challenges for Chronic Wounds Assessment

Authors
Teixeira, PA; Sousa, PA; Coimbra, MT;

Publication
42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, EMBC 2020, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 20-24, 2020

Abstract

2020

Deep Convolutional Neural Network Ensembles For Multi-Classification of Skin Lesions From Dermoscopic and Clinical Images

Authors
Reisinho, J; Coimbra, MT; Renna, F;

Publication
42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, EMBC 2020, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 20-24, 2020

Abstract

2020

Teaching Cardiopulmonary Auscultation to Medical Students using a Virtual Patient Simulation Technology

Authors
Pereira, D; Ferreira, MJ; Cruz Correia, RJ; Coimbra, MT;

Publication
42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, EMBC 2020, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 20-24, 2020

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