Multi-Camera Infrared Thermography for Infant Respiration Monitoring

Ilde Lorato (Corresponding author), Sander Stuijk, Mohammed Meftah, Deedee Kommers, Peter Andriessen, Carola van Pul, Gerard de Haan

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Respiration is monitored in neonatal wards using chest impedance (CI), which is obtrusive and can cause skin damage to the infants. Therefore, unobtrusive solutions based on infrared thermography are being investigated. This work proposes an algorithm to merge multiple thermal camera views and automatically detect the pixels containing respiration motion or flow using three features. The method was tested on 152 minutes of recordings acquired on seven infants. We performed a comparison with the CI respiration rate yielding a mean absolute error equal to 2.07 breaths/min. Merging the three features resulted in reducing the dependency on the window size typical of spectrum-based features.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4848-4861
Number of pages14
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


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