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Quantitative classification of pediatric swallowing through accelerometry.

Merey, C and Kushki, A and Sejdić, E and Berall, G and Chau, T (2012) Quantitative classification of pediatric swallowing through accelerometry. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, 9. 34 - ?.

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Dysphagia or swallowing disorder negatively impacts a child's health and development. The gold standard of dysphagia detection is videofluoroscopy which exposes the child to ionizing radiation, and requires specialized clinical expertise and expensive institutionally-based equipment, precluding day-to-day and repeated assessment of fluctuating swallowing function. Swallowing accelerometry is the non-invasive measurement of cervical vibrations during swallowing and may provide a portable and cost-effective bedside alternative. In particular, dual-axis swallowing accelerometry has demonstrated screening potential in older persons with neurogenic dysphagia, but the technique has not been evaluated in the pediatric population. In this study, dual-axis accelerometric signals were collected simultaneous to videofluoroscopic records from 29 pediatric participants (age 6.8 ± 4.8 years; 20 males) previously diagnosed with neurogenic dysphagia. Participants swallowed 3-5 sips of barium-coated boluses of different consistencies (normally, from thick puree to thin liquid) by spoon or bottle. Videofluoroscopic records were reviewed retrospectively by a clinical expert to extract swallow timings and ratings. The dual-axis acceleration signals corresponding to each identified swallow were pre-processed, segmented and trimmed prior to feature extraction from time, frequency, time-frequency and information theoretic domains. Feature space dimensionality was reduced via principal components. Using 8-fold cross-validation, 16-17 dimensions and a support vector machine classifier with an RBF kernel, an adjusted accuracy of 89.6% ± 0.9 was achieved for the discrimination between swallows with and with out airway entry. Our results suggest that dual-axis accelerometry has merit in the non-invasive detection of unsafe swallows in children and deserves further consideration as a pediatric medical device.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Merey, C
Kushki, A
Sejdić, E
Berall, G
Chau, T
Date: 1 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation
Volume: 9
Page Range: 34 - ?
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 15:38
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 15:56


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