A “smart shirt” was shown to measure tidal volumes reliably in healthy subjects during daily activities . The next step will be testing the wearable device in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.
The smart shirt is mainly used by athletes to monitor their lung function, but a recent Dutch study wanted to test it for validity and reproducibility for potential use for patients . Symptoms of disease worsening normally start in exercise situations. However, it is difficult to get realistic values for these situations as lung function tests are mostly performed in a clinical setting, which do not adequately reflect the conditions in which a person is performing everyday tasks like climbing stairs, sitting, or vacuuming. This was the incentive for Denise Mannée (Radboud University Medical Centre, the Netherlands) and her colleagues to compare the tidal volume (TV) measured by the Hexoskin®shirt to TV values from mobile spirometry with an ...
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