Automated Spectral Characterization of Wheezing in Asthmatic Children

T. Richard Fenton, Hans Pasterkamp, A. Tal, Victor Chernick

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    Breath sounds were recorded in normal and asthmatic children over the chest and trachea. The power spectra of the sounds were analyzed for peaks of high amplitude and high frequency as indications of wheezing. The percent of inspiration and expiration spent wheezing was used as an indication of the severity of bronchial obstruction. Wheezing was found to be strongly dependent upon air flow, and generally followed the changes in pulmonary function as indicated by the forced expiratory volume at 1 s (FEV1). The trachea was found to be a better location for analyzing wheezes than the lung.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)50-55
    Number of pages6
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biomedical Engineering


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