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Rohan Palanki

Low-Cost Biomedical Device for Detecting & Evaluating Breathing Disorders

Mobile, AL
Grade 11

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Low-Cost Biomedical Device for Detecting & Evaluating Breathing Disorders

Lung diseases such as restrictive ventilatory abnormalities kill about 4 million people every year in the U.S. Current diagnostic devices include the use of spirometry, which typically costs $2,000-$5000. In this invention, a piezoelectric film was utilized to develop a low-cost biomedical device that records a patientÕs breathing pattern. It was shown that this device could successfully distinguish between breathing in a normal patient and the breathing of a patient with a restrictive ventilatory abnormality. It is possible to fabricate this device for less than $100, thereby making it accessible to a large number of patients with chronic lung diseases.

 

   
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