January 16, 2013

Tracking Lung Health With a Cell Phone

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 8.59.06 AM.png Today, a deep sigh at your smartphone thanks to SpiroSmart, could reveal a well-developed emotional connection with your gadget. But one day those sighs could tip off your doctor to a latent or worsening lung condition. MIT Technology Review reports.

quotemarksright.jpgA group at the University of Washington, in collaboration with Seattle Childrenís Hospital, is developing a way to check how healthy your lungs are when you breathe out at your smartphone.

For patients with conditions like asthma, chronic bronchitis, or cystic fibrosis doctors sound out their pipes using a spirometer, a device that measures volumes of air breathed in and out. The exhaled volume indicates if the patientís air passages are clogged and leading to difficulty breathing.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Research Paper: SpiroSmart: Using a Microphone to Measure Lung Function on a Mobile Phone. Eric C. Larson, Mayank Goel, Gaetano Boriello, Sonya Heltshe, Margaret Rosenfeld, Shwetak N. Patel

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