Abstract

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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Graduation Date

2022

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Abdolvand, Reza

Degree

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Program

Electrical Engineering

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008985; DP0026318

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0026318

Language

English

Release Date

May 2022

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until May 2022; it will then be open access.

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