Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) has the promise to help improve care for patients undergoing ventilation therapy by providing real-time bed-side information on the distribution of ventilation in their lungs. To realise this potential, it is important for an EIT system to provide a reliable and meaningful signal at all times, or alert clinicians when this is not possible. Because the reconstructed images in EIT are sensitive to system instabilities (including electrode connection problems) and artifacts caused by e.g. movement or sweat, there is a need for EIT systems to continuously monitor, recognize and, if possible, correct for such errors. Motivated by this requirement, our paper describes a novel approach to quantitatively measure EIT data quality suitable for online and offline applications. We used a publicly available data set of ventilation data from two pediatric patients with lung disease to evaluate the data quality on clinical data. Results suggest that the developed data quality could be a useful tool for real-time assessment of the quality of EIT data and, hence, to indicate the reliability of any derived physiological information.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/434/1/012077
Journal Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Adler, A, Grychtol, B. (Bartlomiej), Gaggero, P. (Pascal), Justiz, J. (Jörn), Koch, V. (Volker), & Mamatjan, Y. (Yasin). (2013). A novel method for monitoring data quality in electrical impedance tomography. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 434). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/434/1/012077