Breath sounds, asthma and the mobile phone

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

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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 lt 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
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lucas, Professor Margaret and Whittaker, Dr Arthur
Authors: Anderson, K., Qiu, Y., Whittaker, A.R., and Lucas, M.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Lancet
Publisher:The Lancet Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1474-547X

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