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A multichannel bioimpedance monitor for full-body blood flow monitoring

Vlastimil Vondra EMAIL logo , Pavel Jurak , Ivo Viscor , Josef Halamek , Pavel Leinveber , Magdalena Matejkova and Ladislav Soukup


The design, properties, and possible diagnostic contribution of a multichannel bioimpedance monitor (MBM) with three independent current sources are presented in this paper. The simultaneous measurement of bioimpedance at 18 locations (the main part of the body, legs, arms, and neck) provides completely new information, on the basis of which more precise haemodynamic parameters can be obtained. The application of the MBM during various haemodynamic stages, such as resting in a supine position, tilting, exercise stress, and various respiration manoeuvres, is demonstrated. Statistical analysis on a group of 34 healthy volunteers is presented for demonstration of blood flow monitoring by using the proposed method.

Corresponding author: Vlastimil Vondra, Institute of Scientific Instruments of the ASCR, v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Královopolská 147, 612 64 Brno, Czech Republic, Phone: +420 541514310, Fax: +420 541514402, E-mail: ; and International Clinical Research Center, St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno, Pekařská 53, 656 91 Brno, Czech Republic


This work was supported by research projects from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS CR) (LO1212); its infrastructure by MEYS CR and European Commission (EC) (CZ.1.05/2.1.00/01.0017); the European Regional Development Fund – Project FNUSA-ICRC (No. CZ.1.05/1.1.00/02.0123); P102/12/2034 from the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic; and RVO: 68081731 from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.


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Received: 2014-9-12
Accepted: 2015-4-17
Published Online: 2015-5-20
Published in Print: 2016-2-1

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