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01.11.2018 | Image & Signal Processing | Ausgabe 11/2018 Open Access

Journal of Medical Systems 11/2018

EGG DWPack: System for Multi-Channel Electrogastrographic Signals Recording and Analysis

Journal of Medical Systems > Ausgabe 11/2018
Dariusz Komorowski
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This article is part of the Topical Collection on Image & Signal Processing


Electrogastrography (EGG) is a non-invasive examination method for investigating the myolectrical activity of a stomach. Nowadays, abdominal surface electrogastrography is the one of methods of stomach examination that is used for diagnosing patients with chronic intractable nausea, vomiting and gastroparesis. The electrogastrographic signals are recorded by using cutaneous electrodes placed on the stomach surface. EGG DWPack system is a highly developed and easy to use software package for four channel electrogastrography recording and analysis. The part of the software for analysis is a MATLAB based software and requires the specific ASCII format of the EGG data. The analyzed EGG signals could be conditioned with the wide range of sampling frequency and various resolutions of analog to digital conversion. Additionally, if the EGG data fulfills certain conditions associated with sampling frequency, the software can be used to study the basic parameters of heart rate variability (HRV) simultaneously with the EGG parameters. The software includes different digital filters for the EGG signal extraction and tools for artifacts exclusion. The software computes the majority of EGG parameters which are commonly used in a clinical practice. The EGG analysis can be made for several adjustable analysis settings and various methods, and it can optimize the analysis methods for different preferences or requirements. The analysis result can be saved in a MAT-file, and exported to MS Excel and ASCII files. Validation of the software was performed using synthetic and real EGG signals. This paper contains, as an example of use, an analysis of four synthetic, and fourteen human 4-channel EGG data recording with water, yogurt and a solid meal stimulation. The mean values of the dominant frequency for fast, and postprandial stage were found to be 2.96±0.21 cpm (cycle per minute), and 3.05±0.33 cpm, respectively. The values established in the validation process are consistent with typical human physiological values. In addition, the results were compared to outcomes from commercial system. The results of validation have proved that EGG DWPack software produces reliable outcomes. The software is available for free of charge for Windows operating system for the all possible non commercial use.

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