Manual verification of computer analysis of 24-hour esophageal motility

Biomed Instrum Technol. 1993 Jan-Feb;27(1):49-55.


The application of solid-state technology to intraesophageal pressure monitoring over an entire circadian cycle has resulted in large amounts of data that require computer analysis. Recently available commercial software has yet to be validated. The aim of this study was to compare the analysis of ambulatory esophageal manometry by an automated computer program with manual analysis and make the software modifications necessary to validate the automated system for clinical use. Computer-aided analysis of a large number of esophageal contractions recorded during ambulatory esophageal manometry was compared with manual analysis by four experienced physicians. Good correlations were found between manual and computerized measurements of contraction amplitude and duration (r = 0.99 and r = 0.73, respectively). Software modifications resulted in correct identification of 94% of contractions and correct classification of 93.3% of these waves as peristaltic or simultaneous. These results demonstrate that the evaluated program for automated analysis of ambulatory esophageal manometry is accurate and reliable for research and clinical applications.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders / diagnosis
  • Esophagus / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Manometry / instrumentation
  • Manometry / methods
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
  • Peristalsis
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Software
  • Transducers, Pressure