Statistical performance evaluation of ECG transmission using wireless networks

Walid Shakhatreh, Khaled Gharaibeh, Awad Al-Zaben

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This paper presents simulation of the transmission of biomedical signals (using ECG signal as an example) over wireless networks. Investigation of the effect of channel impairments including SNR, pathloss exponent, path delay and network impairments such as packet loss probability; on the diagnosability of the received ECG signal are presented. The ECG signal is transmitted through a wireless network system composed of two communication protocols; an 802.15.4-ZigBee protocol and an 802.11b protocol. The performance of the transmission is evaluated using higher order statistics parameters such as kurtosis and Negative Entropy in addition to the common techniques such as the PRD, RMS and Cross Correlation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-354
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • ECG
  • PRD
  • Wireless networks
  • ZigBee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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