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Title: Dynamic interface pressure monitoring system for the morphological pressure mapping of intermittent pneumatic compression therapy
Authors: Zhao, SM 
Liu, R 
Fei, CW 
Guan, D 
Keywords: Soft sensor
Intermittent pneumatic compression
Morphological pressure mapping
Lower limb
Compression therapy
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: Sensors, 1 July 2019, v. 19, no. 13, 2881, p. 1-20 How to cite?
Journal: Sensors 
Abstract: Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) is a proactive compression therapeutic technique in the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis, reduction of limb edema, and treatment of chronic venous ulcers. To appropriately detect and analyze biomechanical pressure profiles delivered by IPC in treatment, a dynamic interface pressure monitoring system was developed to visualize and quantify morphological pressure mapping in the spatial and temporal domains in real time. The system comprises matrix soft sensors, a smart IPC device, a monitoring and analysis software, and a display unit. The developed soft sensor fabricated by an advanced screen printing technology was used to detect intermitted pressure by an IPC device. The pneumatic pressure signals inside the bladders of the IPC were also transiently collected by a data acquisition system and then transmitted to the computer through Bluetooth. The experimental results reveal that the developed pressure monitoring system can perform the real-time detection of dynamic pressures by IPC and display the morphological pressure mapping multi-dimensionally. This new system provides a novel modality to assist in the effective evaluation of proactive compression therapy in practice. The study results contribute to understanding the working mechanisms of IPC and improving its functional design based on intuitive biomechanical characteristics of compression delivery profiles.
EISSN: 1424-8220
DOI: 10.3390/s19132881
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
The following publication Zhao, S.; Liu, R.; Fei, C.; Guan, D. Dynamic Interface Pressure Monitoring System for the Morphological Pressure Mapping of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy. Sensors 2019, 19, 2881, 1-20 is available at
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