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.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Dec 1987|