Breath sounds, asthma, and the mobile phone

Anderson, K., Qiu, Y.H., Whittaker, A.R. and Lucas, M. (2001) Breath sounds, asthma, and the mobile phone. Lancet, 358(9290), pp. 1343-1344. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(01)06451-0)

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Abstract

The sounds generated by breathing in asthma are widely accepted as an indicator of disease activity. We have investigated the use of a mobile phone and electronic signal transfer by e-mail and voice mail to study tracheal breath sounds in individuals with normal lung function and patients with chronic or exercise-induced asthma. Spectrograms from patients with active asthma and impaired lung function were significantly different from people without asthma (p<0·0001). Our results suggest that mobile phone recordings clearly discriminate tracheal breath sounds in asthma and could be a non-invasive method of monitoring airway diseases.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whittaker, Dr Arthur and Lucas, Professor Margaret
Authors: Anderson, K., Qiu, Y.H., Whittaker, A.R., and Lucas, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Lancet
Publisher:The Lancet Publishing Group
ISSN:0140-6736
ISSN (Online):1474-547X

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