Microcomputer-based system for 24-hour recording of oesophageal motility and pH profile with automated analysis

Med Biol Eng Comput. 1989 Jan;27(1):41-6. doi: 10.1007/BF02442168.


A system developed for long-term simultaneous recording of oesophageal motility and pH in the ambulant patient is described. The system consists of a microprocessor based data-acquisition and preprocessing device, a personal computer for postprocessing, report generation and data storage, a miniature two-sensor pressure catheter and a pH electrode. Identification and classification of oesophageal contractions are performed in separate steps, using online preprocessing software for identification and offline postprocessing software for categorisation, classification and report generation. Contractions are categorised as peristaltic, simultaneous or nontransmitte and classified according to their amplitude, duration and propagation velocity. The method described reduces the amount of data from 870 kbyte to approximately 40 kbyte per 24 hours in a multiparameter recording device, and offers the opportunity for offline postprocessing with different sets of criteria. The system has been found to be accurate and reliable in 24-hour studies in both healthy volunteers and patients with non-cardiac chest pain.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care / methods*
  • Esophagus / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Microcomputers*
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
  • Peristalsis