An acoustic aneurysm-detector

R. J. Sclabassi, M. Sun, L. Sekhar, J. F. Wasserman, H. B. Blue

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Intracranial aneurysms have a high prevalence in the adult population; and if they rupture, significant morbidity almost always ensues. However, pulsatile blood flow through aneurysms produces vibrational sound patterns that may be detected extracranially. Thus, an acoustic aneurysm-detector has been developed to detect the sounds produced by intracranial aneurysms prior to rupture. The design is based on the utilization of a hydrophone for signal detection and computational signal processing for signal extraction. Data are examined in the time domain, the frequency domain, and the time-frequency plane. Examples are presented from an animal model and from a patient with a known aneurysm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Instrumentation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1987


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