alexa An inexpensive, MRI compatible device to measure tidal volume from chest-wall circumference.


Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

Author(s): Binks AP, Banzett RB, Duvivier C

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Mouthpieces and masks change breathing, and distract the subject. Accepted non-invasive methods avoid this problem, inductive plethysmographs and respiratory magnetometers, but are expensive and unusable in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Because changes in ventilation affect arterial gases, and thus cerebral blood flow, measurement of breathing is desirable during many functional MRI studies. Using an old principle, we constructed an inexpensive, non-invasive device unaffected by magnetic fields. We adapted a simple calibration method to reduce error and make the method accessible to more users. 'Pneumobelts' consist of flexible corrugated silicon tubes worn around the rib cage (RC) and the abdomen (AB). Changes in RC and AB are determined from pressure changes within the 'pneumobelts'. Estimates of tidal volume are generated from the sum of the RC and AB changes. We empirically determined the appropriate RC weighting as 1.3:1 (RC:AB). Volume estimation was tested (n = 9) in different body positions and during different breathing maneuvers. The weighted sum of the two signals gave an accurate estimate of tidal volume with tidal volumes less than 1200 ml (mean error = 6-7\%). Breaths over 1900 ml produced larger errors (mean error = 11-16\%). Our results are generalizable to any linear circumference measuring device. This article was published in Physiol Meas and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version