Madrid, Spain: A smart shirt that measures lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.
This means they can now test out the smart shirts with patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
If successful, they hope this will allow doctors to monitor patients remotely for early signs that their condition is getting worse.
When patients suffer an increase in their symptoms, such as coughing and breathlessness, they need to be monitored more closely.
This is traditionally done in the clinic with equipment such as an exercise bike, facemask and computer.
We wanted to see whether a smart shirt could provide an accurate and more practical alternative for measuring lung function."