Introduction This is the first report from an ongoing study to define normal values for Structured Light Plethysmography (SLP) tidal breathing parameters in adults. Structured Light Plethysmography (SLP) is a non-contact, non-invasive respiratory measurement technology that utilises the movement of thoraco-abdominal (TA) wall to measure a range of tidal breathing parameters. Various studies have been using SLP but lack of normative values can make any clinical judgement difficult.
Methods :As a part of an on-going collaboration between PneumaCare Ltd. and Queen Elizabeth (QE) Hospital (Birmingham, UK), 107 healthy adult subjects between ages of 18 to 69 were measured with SLP during 4 to 5 minutes of seated tidal breathing. Parameter means and standard deviations for males and females aged 18–39 and 40–69 were calculated and gender and age related comparisons were made (t-test).
Results Tables 1 summarises the normative values for males and females older and younger than 40 years. Three parameters showed age related differences and one parameter showed a gender related difference.
Conclusion Preliminary normal values for SLP derived tidal breathing parameters are reported. Some gender and age related differences are apparent. It is interesting that tPTEF/tE was significantly lower in the older participants, possibly a sign of natural airway obstruction associated with age.