The experimental vest controls the lungs: problem areas are visible without X-rays

The experimental vest controls the lungs: problem areas are visible without X-rays

The function of lungs in patients with respiratory diseases is usually controlled by a stethoscope during a doctor ' s examination, but a new experimental vest can control breathing during the day.

The wearable device known as Pneumo Vest is being developed as part of the M3 Infekt project, which involves 10 branches of the German study group Fraunhofer. The technology is now mainly designed for patients with COVID-19, although it can also be used for other respiratory diseases.

In the front and back of the vest there are several piesoceric acoustic sensors that individually detect even the smallest noise produced by the lungs. Since the location of each sensor is already known, it is possible to determine where each noise comes from.

Special software captures and analyzes all sensor readings and then creates an image of lungs that highlight problem areas. Data can be viewed on a connected mobile device and even remote access via a secure server on the Internet. A doctor can be observed at home for a long period of time.

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