Staff member

Clare Davidson

Postdoctoral Researcher
Biomedical Signal Processing and Interpretation

Staff member publications

Lozano-García, M., Davidson, C. M., Prieto-Ramón, C., Moxham, J., Rafferty, G. F., Jolley, C. J., Jané, R., (2020). Spatial distribution of normal lung sounds in healthy individuals under varied inspiratory load and flow conditions Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC) 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE , IEEE (Montreal, Canada) , 2744-2747

Respiratory sounds yield pertinent information about respiratory function in both health and disease. Normal lung sound intensity is a characteristic that correlates well with airflow and it can therefore be used to quantify the airflow changes and limitations imposed by respiratory diseases. The dual aims of this study are firstly to establish whether previously reported asymmetries in normal lung sound intensity are affected by varying the inspiratory threshold load or the airflow of respiration, and secondly to investigate whether fixed sample entropy can be used as a valid measure of lung sound intensity. Respiratory sounds were acquired from twelve healthy individuals using four contact microphones on the posterior skin surface during an inspiratory threshold loading protocol and a varying airflow protocol. The spatial distribution of the normal lung sounds intensity was examined. During the protocols explored here the normal lung sound intensity in the left and right lungs in healthy populations was found to be similar, with asymmetries of less than 3 dB. This agrees with values reported in other studies. The fixed sample entropy of the respiratory sound signal was also calculated and compared with the gold standard root mean square representation of lung sound intensity showing good agreement.

Lozano-García, M., Davidson, C. M., Jané, R., (2019). Analysis of tracheal and pulmonary continuous adventitious respiratory sounds in asthma Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE , IEEE (Berlín, Germany) , 4930-4933

Continuous adventitious sounds (CAS) are commonly observed in obstructive pulmonary diseases and are of great clinical interest. However, their evaluation is generally subjective. We have previously developed an automatic CAS segmentation and classification algorithm for CAS recorded on the chest surface. The aim of this study is to establish whether these pulmonary CAS can be identified in a similar way using a tracheal microphone. Respiratory sounds were originally recorded from 25 participants using five contact microphones, four on the chest and one on the trachea, during three progressive respiratory maneuvers. In this work CAS component detection was performed on the tracheal channel using our automatic algorithm based on the Hilbert spectrum. The tracheal CAS detected were then compared to the previously analyzed pulmonary CAS. The sensitivity of CAS identification was lower at the tracheal microphone, with CAS that appeared simultaneously in all four pulmonary recordings more likely to be identified in the tracheal recordings. These observations could be due to the CAS being obscured by the lower SNR present in the tracheal recordings or not being transmitted through the airways to the trachea. Further work to optimize the algorithm for the tracheal recordings will be conducted in the future.

Keywords: Microphones, Lung, Diseases, Time-frequency analysis, Spectrogram, Sensitivity