Detection of motion artifacts in photoplethysmographic signals based on time and period domain analysis



The presence of motion artifacts in the photoplethysmographic (PPG) signals is one of the major obstacles in the extraction of reliable cardiovascular parameters in real time and continuous monitoring applications. In the current paper we present an algorithm for motion artifact detection, which is based on the analysis of the variations in the time and period domain characteristics of the PPG signal. The extracted features are ranked using a feature selection algorithm (NMIFS) and the best features are used in a Support Vector Machine classification model to distinguish between clean and corrupted sections of the PPG signal. The results achieved by the current algorithm (SE: 0.827 and SP: 0.927) show that both time and especially period domain features play an important role in the discrimination of motion artifacts from clean PPG pulses.


medical informatics


34th Int. Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society – EMBC’2012, August 2012

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