Analysis of the spatial sensitivity of conductance/admittance catheter ventricular volume estimation

Erik R. Larson, Marc D. Feldman, Jonathan W. Valvano, John A. Pearce

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Conductance catheters are known to have a nonuniform spatial sensitivity due to the distribution of the electric field. The Geselowitz relation is applied to murine and multisegment conductance catheters using finite elementmodels to determine the spatial sensitivity in a uniform medium and simplified left ventricle models. A new formulation is proposed that allows determination of the spatial sensitivity to admittance. Analysis of FEM numerical modeling results using the Geselowitz relation provides a true measure of parallel conductance in simplified left ventricle models for assessment of the admittance method and hypertonic saline techniques. The spatial sensitivity of blood conductance (Gb) is determined throughout the cardiac cycle. Gb is converted to volume using Wei's equation to determine if the presence of myocardium alters the nonlinear relationship through changes to the electric field. Results show that muscle conductance (Gm) from the admittance method matches results from the Geselowitz relation and that the relationship between Gb and volume is accurately fit using Wei's equation. Single-segment admittance measurements in large animals result in a more evenly distributed sensitivity to the LV blood pool. The hypertonic saline method overestimates parallel conductance throughout the cardiac cycle in both murine and multisegment conductance catheters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6491459
Pages (from-to)2316-2324
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2013


  • Conductance catheter
  • Conductivity
  • Permittivity
  • Sensitivity
  • Tetrapolar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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