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Dias, A.* ; Gorzelniak, L. ; Rudnik, J.* ; Stojanovic, D.* ; Horsch, A.*

Detecting periodic limb movements with off-the-shelf accelerometers: A feasibility study.

Stud. Health Technol. Inform. 192, 152-156 (2013)
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Periodic limb movements are short movements of the legs that can lead to low sleep quality in the general population. Currently, the gold standard to measure periodic limb movements for diagnostic purposes is polysomnography. This is an expensive technique that requires specially fitted laboratories and specialized personnel. In this paper we explore the use of commercial, off-the-shelf accelerometers to detect periodic limb movements during sleep and compare the results to the gold standard. We recruited two subjects for one night and measured limb movements with polysomnography and Actigraph GT3X accelerometers. We developed an open source Java application for processing the data. A total of 846 events were recorded. We found a very low similarity between polysomnography and GT3X data, indicating that our accelerometer-based method is not yet feasible for medical diagnosis. Several options for further development are: the exploration of different sensor locations, sensors with higher sampling rates, as well as enhancement of data analysis methods.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Accelerometers ; Periodic Limb Movement ; Sleep Disorders
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0926-9630
Conference Title 4th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2013
Conference Date 20-23 August 2013
Conference Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Quellenangaben Volume: 192, Issue: 1-2, Pages: 152-156 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher IOS Press
Reviewing status Peer reviewed