Electrocardiography (ECG) analysis and a new feature extraction method using wavelet transform with scalogram analysis

Yanık H, Değirmenci E, Büyükakıllı B, Karpuz D, Kılınç OH, Gürgül S.Biomed Tech (Berl). 2020 May 22:/j/bmte.ahead-of-print/bmt-2019-0147/bmt-2019-0147.xml. doi: 10.1515/bmt-2019-0147. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32441663



Electrocardiography (ECG) signals and the information obtained through the analysis of these signals constitute the main source of diagnosis for many cardiovascular system diseases. Therefore, accurate analyses of ECG signals are very important for correct diagnosis. In this study, an ECG analysis toolbox together with a user-friendly graphical user interface, which contains the all ECG analysis steps between the recording unit and the statistical investigation, is developed. Furthermore, a new feature calculation methodology is proposed for ECG analysis, which carries distinct information than amplitudes and durations of ECG main waves and can be used in artificial intelligence studies. Developed toolbox is tested using both Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Beth Israel Hospital (MIT-BIH) Arrhythmia ECG Database and an experimentally collected dataset for performance evaluation. The results show that ECG analysis toolbox presented in this study increases the accuracy and reliability of the ECG main wave detection analysis, highly fasten the process duration compared to manual ones and the new feature set can be used as a new parameter for decision support systems about ECG based on artificial intelligence.