Monitoring of atopic dermatitis using leaky coaxial cable

Binbin Dong , Aifeng Ren, Syed Shah, Fangming Hu, Nan Zhao, Xiaodong Yang, Daniyal Haider, Zhiya Zhang, Wei Zhao , Qammer Hussain Abbasi

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In our daily life, inadvertent scratching may increase the severity of skin diseases (such as atopic dermatitis etc.). However, people rarely pay attention to this matter, so the known measurement behaviour of the movement is also very little. Nevertheless, the behaviour and frequency of scratching represent the degree of itching, and the analysis of scratching frequency is helpful to the doctor's clinical dosage. In this Letter, a novel system is proposed to monitor the scratching motion of a sleeping human body at night. The core device of the system is just a leaky coaxial cable (LCX) and a router. Commonly, LCX is used in the blind field or semi-blindfield in wireless communication. The new idea is that the leaky cable is placed on the bed, and then the state information of physical layer of wireless communication channels is acquired to identify the scratching motion and other small body movements in the human sleep process. The results show that it can be used to detect the movement and its duration. Channel state information (CSI) packet is collected by card installed in the computer based on the 802.11n protocol. The characterisation of the scratch motion in the collected CSI is unique, so it can be distinguished from the wireless channel amplitude variation trend.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244 – 248
Number of pages5
JournalHealthcare Technology Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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