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ERS 2007 - 1/19 What is ultrasonic plethysmography and how can we use it in airway disease? Christian Buess ndd Medizintechnik AG, Zürich, Switzerland.

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1 ERS 2007 - 1/19 What is ultrasonic plethysmography and how can we use it in airway disease? Christian Buess ndd Medizintechnik AG, Zürich, Switzerland

2 ERS 2007 - 2/19 Background Until approx. the year 2000 mainly the following flow sensor principles were used in lung function testing: Differential pressure (variable or fixed resistance) Turbines (rotation speed) Heated wires (cooling effect) All these principles have potential limitations: Hygiene: Difficult to clean Unable to measure very low flows Need of regular calibration Dependency on gas composition and/or temperature

3 ERS 2007 - 3/19 Operating Principle Exchangeable Flow Tube Sound Transparent Windows Integrated Mouthpiece Ultrasonic Transducer Ultrasonic flow measurement is commonly used for liquid flow. It is now also used for air flow measurement in lung function diagnostics.

4 ERS 2007 - 4/19 Operating Principle Transmission of Ultrasonic Pulse Sound Trans- mission Path Sound Receiver Ultrasonic transit-time measurement. Please note that the principle differs to the Doppler principle used for blood flow measurement.

5 ERS 2007 - 5/19 Operating Principle Transmission of Ultrasonic Pulse Sound Receiver Sound transmission and reception is repeated every 1 to 5 ms. Sampling rates 200 to 1000 Hz.

6 ERS 2007 - 6/19 Measurement principle (simple) New York Zürich 7 Hours 9 Hours Time difference is proportional to speed of Jet stream Ultrasonic flow sensor: Time difference up to 1  s

7 ERS 2007 - 7/19 upstream transit-time (Zürich – NY) downstream transit-time (NY – Zürich) Flow measurement depends only on flow and geometry No dependency on temperature, gas composition, humidity or pressure Flow Measurement principle: Flow Speed of sound depends on temperature and gas composition

8 ERS 2007 - 8/19 Molar mass measurement depends on transit-times and temperature along the sound transmission path Molar mass measurement ‘for free’ – no additional sensor required Molar mass measurement is not specific Molar Mass Measurement principle: Molar Mass speed of sound upstream transit-time downstream transit-time

9 ERS 2007 - 9/19 Strengths and Weaknesses  No calibration since flow measurement depends only on time measurement and geometry of sensor  Completely open, unobstructed tube  Good hygienic solution  High resolution and dynamic range  Molar mass measurement “for free”  Relatively high cost of sensor

10 ERS 2007 - 10/19 Spirometry: Devices Examples of devices using ultrasound technology Standalone spirometer for office use Flow sensors for spirometry and exercise testing Flow sensor for Intensive Care application

11 ERS 2007 - 11/19 Application The technology can be used for a large range Horses Resolution:< 80 ml/s Range:100 l/s Neonatology Resolution:< 1 ml/s Range:500 ml/s Adult Resolution:< 10 ml/s Range:18 l/s

12 ERS 2007 - 12/19 Spirometry: Studies Performance of 70 devices over 3 to 6 month period R. Pérez-Padilla et al.: Long-term stability of portable spirometers. (Respir Care 2006) Performance of 6 devices over 200 days J. Walters et al.: Stability of the EasyOne ultra- sonic spirometer for use in general practice. (Respirology 2006) Ultrasonic spirometer used by world-wide BOLD study (Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease). Ultrasonic spirometer used by Platino study in Latin America.

13 ERS 2007 - 13/19 FRC Measurement: Background Measurement of FRC using multiple breath wash-out / wash-in of a tracer gas by measuring molar mass of in- and expired gas flow.  Main stream molar mass signal is synchronous with flow signal  Simple instrument setup compared to mass spectrometry  Best results are only achieved with side-stream MM sensor start of tracer wash-in expiratory side- stream MM trace wash-in of tracer gas Computation of FRC, LCI …

14 ERS 2007 - 14/19 FRC Measurement: Setup Ultrasonic Flow / MM Sensor Test gas supply Valve in ‘open’ position Valve in ‘closed’ position Side-stream sampling tube

15 ERS 2007 - 15/19 FRC Measurement: Studies Direct comparison of ultrasonic system with mass spectrometer Fuchs et al., Pediatr Pulmol, 2006, 41. r 2 = 1.00, mean difference -0.2% Setup Problems: Gas leaks etc. Most devices and most software are in prototype stage! The above results were obtained using a side-stream MM sensor If applied carefully results compare well with mass spectrometers Additional studies: J. Pillow et al., Schibler et al. etc.

16 ERS 2007 - 16/19 Tidal Breathing Analysis: Background Comparable to capnography the molar mass analysis of tidal breathing shows the expiratory molar mass curve vs. expired volume. Several parameters can be computed from the curve data: Slope of phase 2S 2 Slope of phase 3S 3 Dead Space volumeV d S2 S3 Vd healthy controlpatient with COPD

17 ERS 2007 - 17/19 Tidal Breathing Analysis: Method Statistical Analysis 90 seconds of tidal breathing recording flow and molar mass {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 1 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 2 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 3 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 4 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 5 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 6 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 7 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 8 {S 2,S 3,V d, V i,V e,f,… } 9 Determination of mean expiratory MM curve S2, S3, VdS2, S3, Vd Diagnosis

18 ERS 2007 - 18/19 Tidal Breathing Analysis: Studies Studies analyzing the Molar Mass Index in side-stream MMI = S 3 / S 2 ·100  Normal controls  Very severe to moderate COPD  Restricted Beckert, Buess, Magnussen: Not yet published Fuchs, Gaultier, Buess, Gappa: ERS 2007. Correlation of MMI and LCI, both determined by ultrasonic flow sensor

19 ERS 2007 - 19/19 Conclusion Ultrasonic flow measurement is a new technology with many advantages: No calibration, good hygienic solution and high accuracy Ultrasonic molar mass measurement is the mass spectrometer for everybody – its use may have a large potential for measuring multi-breath FRC. Analysis of expiratory molar mass curve during quiet breathing: Potentially interesting for analysis of gas distribution in the lungs. Further investigations are required.

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