Minimum Variance Signal Selection for Aorta Radius Estimation Using Radar
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Original versionEURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. 2010, . 10.1155/2010/682037
This paper studies the optimum signal choice for the estimation of the aortic blood pressure via aorta radius, using a monostatic radar configuration. The method involves developing the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) for a simplified model. The CRLB for ´ model parameters are compared with simulation results using a grid-based approach for estimation. The CRLBs are within the 99% confidence intervals for all chosen parameter values. The CRLBs show an optimal region within an ellipsoid centered at 1 GHz center frequency and 1.25 GHz bandwidth with axes of 0.5 GHz and 1 GHz, respectively. Calculations show that emitted signal energy to received noise spectral density should exceed 1012 for a precision of approximately 0.1 mm for a large range of model parameters. This implies a minimum average power of 0.4 μW. These values are based on optimistic assumptions. Reflections, improved propagation model, true receiver noise, and parameter ranges should be considered in a practical implementation.