A specially designed computerized acoustic aneurysm detection system has been developed and used for recording the acoustic signal produced by aneurysms in dogs. Two transducer types, a modified horn-coupled microphone and a microvascular intra-operative Doppler flowmeter have been used. The results show that the aneurysm signal is time-varying and that a stronger vibration signal can be obtained if a proximal stenosis presents. With direct contact recording, the acoustic signals from aneurysms and parent arteries show different characteristics that can be easily distinguished. The aneurysm signals are processed by spectrograms, and a smoothing technique for suppressing noise is introduced.
- Vibration signal
- non-invasive aneurysm detection
- time-varying signal processing