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Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2013 Dec;112(3):466-80. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2013.08.006. Epub 2013 Sep 2.

Broadband noise suppression and feature identification of ECG waveforms using mathematical morphology and embedding theorem.

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  • 1School of Electric Power Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China.


The paper presents an adaptive morphological filter developed using multiscale mathematical morphology (MM) to reject broadband noise from ECG signals without affecting the feature waveforms. As a pre-processing procedure, the adaptive morphological filter cleans an ECG signal to prepare it for further analysis. The noiseless ECG signal is embedded within a two-dimensional phase space to form a binary image and the identification of the feature waveforms is carried out based on the information presented by the image. The classification of the feature waveforms is implemented by an adaptive clustering technique according to the geometric information represented by the image in the phase space. Simulation studies on ECG records from the MIT-BIH and BIDMC databases have demonstrated the effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed methods.

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Adaptive filter; ECG signal processing; Embedding theorem; Feature identification; Multiscale mathematical morphology

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