In this study, human subjects and dogs were used to determine the ability of the oscillometric method to indicate systolic and diastolic pressure. In the human studies, the auscultatory method was used as the reference. In the animal studies, directly recorded blood pressure was used as the reference. The ability of the sudden increase in cuff pressure oscillations during cuff deflation to indicate systolic pressure was examined and found to overestimate systolic pressure slightly in man, but more in animals. Systolic pressure was encountered when the cuff pressure oscillations were about one half of their maximum amplitude. However, in both man and animals the ratio was not constant; although the range was less in man than in animals. Diastolic pressure was encountered when cuff pressure oscillation amplitude was about 0.8 of the maximal amplitude. This ratio for diastolic pressure was not constant over a range of diastolic pressure. The range of variability was less for man than for the dog.


This is the author accepted manuscript of Geddes L.A., Voelz M., Combs C., Reiner D., Babbs C.F., Characterization of the oscillometric method for measuring indirect blood pressure, Annals of Biomedical Engineering 10, 271-280, 1982. Copyright Springer, the version of record is available at DOI: 10.1007/BF02367308.


Accuracy, Blood pressure, Hypertension, Oscillometric method, Systolic blood pressure, Diastolic blood pressure

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