Olfactory measurement system to quantify the ability to smell using pulse ejection

Aya Fukasawa, Risa Suzuki, Ken Ichi Okada

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Abstract

Olfaction is a very important sense in daily life. Decline in olfaction has been reported to be an early symptom of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. It is therefore important to understand the condition of the olfactory system. However, existing olfactory measurement techniques suffer from the problems of scents scattering in the air and measurements needing a lot of time and effort. In this study, we developed an olfactory measurement system that uses pulse ejection. Unlike existing olfactory measurement techniques, our olfactory display employing pulse ejection measures olfaction by changing the ejection quantity. We conducted an experiment that measured and quantified the human olfactory characteristics in precise detail in response to pulsed scents. The results reveal that people are able to sense extremely small quantities of scent. Measurements were finished in approximately 5 min and were influenced very little by lingering scent. In the future we aim to find a diagnostic threshold for smell disorders through measurements of more people and hope that screening by olfactory measurement will be implemented at health checkups and in hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2013
Pages99-106
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1
Event2013 1st IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2013 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 2013 Sep 92013 Sep 11

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2013

Other

Other2013 1st IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period13/9/913/9/11

Keywords

  • Olfactory display
  • Olfactory measurement
  • Scent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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    Fukasawa, A., Suzuki, R., & Okada, K. I. (2013). Olfactory measurement system to quantify the ability to smell using pulse ejection. In Proceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2013 (pp. 99-106). [6680466] (Proceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICHI.2013.19