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Our vision is to create a hand-held blood pressure measurement device which provides a way to easily acquire frequent measurements in the home or in the hospital. There is a need for a blood pressure measurement device that serves as an intermediate between an invasive catheter and blood-pressure cuff techniques. Such a device must easily fit into a purse or briefcase or sit next to your razor or toothbrush at home.

Our approach is simple. Artery and surrounding tissue motions, due to device contact forces and pulsing blood pressure, are imaged with high frequency sound. Tissues stiffness and blood pressure are then found by comparing the observed tissue motion to a tissue deformation model.

Our prototype ergonomic hand-held device can be used by untrained users. A user may perform self-measurements; data quality is analyzed and used to provide guidance and feedback to the user. A real-time implementation of our approach have been validated on a group of 25 volunteers.

About the Speaker

Brian Anthony

Brian Anthony

Dr. Anthony is the Co-Director of MIT’s Medical Electronic Device Realization Center and Associate Director of MIT.nano. With over 25 years of experience in product realization, Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical and optical engineering, along with computer science and optimization.

He has extensive experience in market driven technology innovation, product realization, and entrepreneurship and commercialization at the intersection between information technology, design, and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Anthony spent the first part of his career as an entrepreneur. He developed and directed the development of products and solutions for the industrial and scientific video markets. He has been awarded 20 patents, published over 50 peer reviewed articles, and won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for innovations in sports broadcasting.