The peripheral blood flow can be measured using venous occlusion plethysmography (VOP). VOP measures the volume change in a segment of a limb when blood flow to the venous return is occluded proximally using a pressure cuff. Arterial and venous blood flow distally are occluded distally. Measurement of the limb segment volume change over time will give an indication of the arterial blood flow coming into the limb segment. (Figure 29) Instrumentation design in this method of measuring blood flow also involves different types of systems to measure limb volume change.


Figure 29 Venous Occlusion Plethysmograph for Measurement of Peripheral Blood Flow [2]


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