The use of phonocardiography is limited by the lack of standardization of acoustical signal pick-up and of the filters. Moreover, quantitative evaluations are not possible. This limits the analysis of acoustic phenomena and makes confrontation between different laboratories impossible. To avoid these drawbacks we have developed a method based on phonometric principles. Heart sounds of twenty for normal subjects were recorded by an air-coupled microphone with the standard 6 ml cavity. The response curve of the microphone is flat from .2 to 8000 Hz. The signal was measured and stored on an analogic tape recorder together with the ECG. For each subject the 3 weighting networks (A, B and C, according to the American National Standard Institute) and the linear recording (SPL) were used and the peak value of every record was written down in dB-peak. The amplitude spectra were obtained through the FFT algorithm. Normal heart sounds reached a high frequency limit of 170 Hz. with a maximum amplitude of 67 dB SPL, 24 dB A, 42 dB B and 59 dB C. Each spectral pattern can provide a useful reference to compare with pathological acoustical findings.

Phonometric approach to the analysis of cardiac acoustic phenomena

ARSLAN, EDOARDO;
1981

Abstract

The use of phonocardiography is limited by the lack of standardization of acoustical signal pick-up and of the filters. Moreover, quantitative evaluations are not possible. This limits the analysis of acoustic phenomena and makes confrontation between different laboratories impossible. To avoid these drawbacks we have developed a method based on phonometric principles. Heart sounds of twenty for normal subjects were recorded by an air-coupled microphone with the standard 6 ml cavity. The response curve of the microphone is flat from .2 to 8000 Hz. The signal was measured and stored on an analogic tape recorder together with the ECG. For each subject the 3 weighting networks (A, B and C, according to the American National Standard Institute) and the linear recording (SPL) were used and the peak value of every record was written down in dB-peak. The amplitude spectra were obtained through the FFT algorithm. Normal heart sounds reached a high frequency limit of 170 Hz. with a maximum amplitude of 67 dB SPL, 24 dB A, 42 dB B and 59 dB C. Each spectral pattern can provide a useful reference to compare with pathological acoustical findings.
1981
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