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Using a microwave sensor as an online indicator of neurological impairment during surgical procedures

Goh, JH and Mason, A and Al-Shamma'a, A and Field, M and Browning, P (2015) Using a microwave sensor as an online indicator of neurological impairment during surgical procedures. Sensor Letters, 13 (7). pp. 535-538. ISSN 1546-198X

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Abstract

Lactate is known to be an indicator of neurological impairment during aortic aneurysm surgery. It is suggested that cerebrospinal fluid removed during such surgery could provide useful information in this regard. Medical professionals find the prospect of online detection of such analytes exciting, as current practice is time consuming and leads to multiple invasive procedures. Advancing from the current laboratory based analysis techniques to online methods could provide the basis for improved treatment regimes, better quality of care, and enhanced resource efficiency within hospitals. Accordingly, this article considers the use of a low power microwave sensor to detect varying lactate concentrations. Microwave sensors provide a rapid non-invasive method of material analysis, which is robust, cost-effective, and has huge potential for a wide range of biomedical applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0301 Analytical Chemistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions: Built Environment
Publisher: American Scientific Publishers
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 08:00
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 08:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1166/sl.2015.3324
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2269

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