Similar to how electrocardiographic waves are the pace making signals of the heart, slow waves are the pace making signals of the intestines. Slow waves are electrical signals in the intestines that determine the speed at which food can move through the intestine ensuring proper digestion and uptake of nutrients. It has been shown that slow waves can be measured in adults using non-invasive, surface electrodes. However, no study has investigated the measurements of slow waves in neonates, specifically pre-term neonates. Around 7% of pre-term neonates suffer from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) which is a condition that causes damage to the intestinal tract and often death of intestinal tissue. NEC affects around 9,000 neonates each year with a survival rate estimated to be between 60%-80%. Currently, there are no non-invasive, early-stage indicators of NEC. This pilot study aims to create a non-invasive measurement setup to measure and characterize slow wave activity in neonates.
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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Goodale, Garett, "A Measurement System for Detection of Intestinal Motility in Neonates by Monitoring Slow Wave Activity" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1014.