The maximum level of voluntary bite force, which results from the combined action of muscle of mastication, joints, and teeth, i.e., craniomandibular structure, is considered as one of the major indicators for the functional state of the masticatory system. Measurement of voluntary bite force provides useful data for the jaw muscle function and activity along with assessment of prosthetics. This study proposes an in vivo methodology for the dynamic measurement of bite force employing a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor known as bite force measurement device (BFMD). The BFMD developed is a noninvasive intraoral device, which transduces the bite force exerted at the occlusal surface into strain variations on a metal plate. These strain variations are acquired by the FBG sensor bonded over it. The BFMD developed facilitates adjustment of the distance between the biting platform, which is essential to capture the maximum voluntary bite force at three different positions of teeth, namely incisor, premolar, and molar sites. The clinically relevant bite forces are measured at incisor, molar, and premolar position and have been compared against each other. Furthermore, the bite forces measured with all subjects are segregated according to gender and also compared against each other.
Improvements in emergency medicine in the form of efficient life supporting systems and intensive care have increased the survival rate in critically injured patients; however, in some cases, severe brain and spinal cord injuries can result in a locked-in syndrome or other forms of paralysis, and communication with these patients may become restricted or impossible. The present study proposes a noninvasive, real-time communication assistive methodology for those with restricted communication ability, employing a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor. The communication assistive methodology comprises a breath pattern analyzer using an FBG sensor, which acquires the exhalation force that is converted into strain variations on a cantilever. The FBG breath pattern analyzer along with specific breath patterns, which are programmed to give specific audio output commands, constitutes the proposed fiber Bragg grating sensor-based communication assistive device. The basic communication can be carried out by instructing the patients with restricted communication ability to perform the specific breath patterns. The present approach is intended to be an alternative to the common approach of brain–computer interface in which an instrument is utilized for learning of brain responses.
Goniometer has found extensive usage in diverse applications, primary being medical field in which it is employed for obtaining the range of motion of joints during physical therapy. It is imperative to have a dynamic system to measure the range of motion which will aid for a progressive therapeutic treatment. Hence in the present study, a novel goniometer for real time dynamic angle measurement between two surfaces with the aid of a Fiber Bragg Grating sensor is proposed. The angular rotation between the two surfaces will be identified by the two arms of the Fiber Bragg Grating Goniometer (FBGG), which is translated to the rotation of the shaft which holds these arms together. A cantilever beam is fixed onto the base plate whose free end is connected to the rotating shaft. The rotating shaft will actuate a mechanism which will pull the free end of the cantilever resulting in strain variation over the cantilever beam. The strain variation on the cantilever beam is measured by the Fiber Bragg Grating sensor bonded over it. Further, the proposed FBGG facilitates tunable sensitivity by the discs of varying diameters on the rotating shaft. Tunable sensitivity of the FBGG is realised by the movement of these discs by varying circumferential arc lengths for the same angular movement, which will actuate the pull on the cantilever beam. As per the requirement of the application in terms of resolution and range of angular measurement, individual mode of sensitivity may be selected.
The present study reports a noninvasive technique for the measurement of the pulse transit time differential (PTTD) from the pulse pressure waveforms obtained at the carotid artery and radial artery using fiber Bragg grating pulse recorders (FBGPR). PTTD is defined as the time difference between the arrivals of a pulse pressure waveform at the carotid and radial arterial sites. The PTTD is investigated as an indicator of variation in the systolic blood pressure. The results are validated against blood pressure variation obtained from a Mindray Patient Monitor. Furthermore, the pulse wave velocity computed from the obtained PTTD is compared with the pulse wave velocity obtained from the color Doppler ultrasound system and is found to be in good agreement. The major advantage of the PTTD measurement via FBGPRs is that the data acquisition system employed can simultaneously acquire pulse pressure waveforms from both FBGPRs placed at carotid and radial arterial sites with a single time scale, which eliminates time synchronization complexity.