A novel filter bank for biotelemetry


Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine, vol.24, no.1, pp.49-56, 2001 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Technical Note
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Journal Name: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Compendex, EMBASE, INSPEC
  • Page Numbers: pp.49-56


In a multichannel biotelemetry system, signals taken from a patient are distributed along the available frequency range (bandwidth) of the system through frequency-division-multiplexing, and combined into a single composite signal. Biological signals that are limited to low frequencies (below 10 Hz) modulate the frequencies of respective sub-carriers. Other biological signals are carried in amplitude-modulated forms. It is recognized that recovering original signals from a composite signal at the receiver side is a technical challenge when a telemetry system with narrow bandwidth capacity is used, since such a system leaves little frequency spacing between information channels. A filter bank is therefore utilized for recovering biological signals that are transmitted. The filter bank contains filter units comprising switched-capacitor filter integrated circuits. The filters have two distinct and opposing outputs (band-stop (notch) and band-pass). Since most biological signals are at low frequencies, and modulated signals occupy a narrow band around the carrier, notch filters can be used to efficiently stop signals in the narrow frequency range. Once the interim channels are removed, other channels become well separated from each other, and band-pass filters can select them. In the proposed system, efficient filtering of closely packed channels is achieved, with low interference, from neighboring channels. The filter bank is applied to a system that carries four biological signals and a battery status indicator signal. Experimental results reinforce theoretical predictions that the filter bank successfully de-multiplexes closely packed information channels with low crosstalk between them. It is concluded that the proposed filter bank allows utilization of cost-effective multichannel biotelemetry systems that are designed around commercial audio devices, and that it can be readily adapted to a broad range of physiological recording requirements.