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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 436870, 5 pages
Research Article

Development of a Novel Contactless Mechanocardiograph Device

Computational and Integrative Bio-Engineering Research laboratory (CIBER), School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

Received 13 October 2007; Revised 15 January 2008; Accepted 3 March 2008

Academic Editor: Sajid Hussain

Copyright © 2008 Kouhyar Tavakolian et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel method of detecting mechanical movement of the heart, Mechanocardiography (MCG), with no connection to the subject's body is presented. This measurement is based on radar technology and it has been proven through this research work that the acquired signal is highly correlated to the phonocardiograph signal and acceleration-based ballistocardiograph signal (BCG) recorded directly from the sternum. The heart rate and respiration rate have been extracted from the acquired signal as two possible physiological monitoring applications of the radar-based MCG device.