#### Date of Award

2010

#### Document Type

Thesis

#### Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

#### Department

Biomedical Engineering

#### Abstract

The forced Oscillation Technique (FOT) can be used to measure lung impedance continuously during breathing. However, spectral overlap between the breathing waveform and the applied flow oscillation can be problematic if the frequency content of spontaneous breathing is unknown. This problem motivated us to develop a modification to the FOT system called the Tracked Breathing Trainer. The modification uses biofeedback to constrain subjects to breathe at a single predetermined frequency. This thesis investigates the engineering and physiological aspects of the modification we made. We studied 8 adult non-asthmatic and 8 adult asthmatic subjects. Three 16 s perturbatory flow oscillation signals ranging from 1-40 Hz were used on the subjects. Each subject received three trials per perturbation for both spontaneous and tracked breathing. We then fitted a resistance-elastance-inertance model of the lung to each data set. For non-asthmatic subjects, the average resistance (R) and elastance (E) values for the first spontaneous breathing trial were 2.5±0.15 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 18.1±3.55 cmH2O.ml-1, and for the third spontaneous breathing trial were 2.4±0.12 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 21.8±4 cmH2O.ml-1. R and E for the first tracked breathing trial were 2.3±0.21 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 33.6±7.4 cmH2O.ml-1, and for the third tracked breathing trial were 2.4±0.14 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 25.75±4.3 cmH2O.ml-1, respectively. For asthmatic subjects, the average R and E values for the first spontaneous breathing trial were 3.32±0.68 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 39.13±9.8 cmH2O.ml-1, and for the third spontaneous breathing trial were 3.12±0.15 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 39.91±6.2 cmH2O.ml-1. R and E for the first tracked breathing trial were 2.86±0.15 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 32.47±4.1 cmH2O.ml-1, and for the third tracked breathing trial were 2.86±0.21 cmH2O.s.ml-1 and 33.89±10 cmH2O.ml-1, respectively. These results show that R was consistently lower during tracked breathing than spontaneous breathing in both non-asthmatic and asthmatic subjects. However, an increase in E was observed during tracked breathing. We suspect this effect may have resulted from dynamic hyperinflation. These results also show that R and E are reproducible with both spontaneous and tracked breathing, and that R and E were not noticeably different between both breathing maneuvers. We conclude that using biofeedback to control the breathing pattern during application of the FOT in normal subjects does not significantly affect impedance measurements, and thus may be useful for avoiding spectral overlap between FOT perturbations and the breathing pattern.

#### Recommended Citation

Nirav, Daphtary, "Lung Impedance Measurements Using Tracked Breathing" (2010). *Graduate College Dissertations and Theses*. 162.

http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/graddis/162