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P38 Repeatability of structured light plethysmography (slp) for measurement of respiratory rate in normal subjects
  1. R Iles1,
  2. W De Boer2,
  3. A Khalid2,
  4. S Motamedi Fakhr2,
  5. R Wilson2
  1. 1Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2PneumaCare Limited, Ely, UK


Introduction Structured Light Plethysmography (SLP) captures movements of a light grid projected onto the thoraco-abdominal (TA) wall to produce a waveform from which a primary derived output is Respiratory Rate (RR). Assessment of repeatability is essential for clinical use, however, physiological variability can confound results. RR agrees within ± 2 breaths per minute (brpm)1 with Respiratory Inductance Plethysmography (RIP) measured simultaneously on one occasion. We propose that if measurements are repeatable, there would be no difference in agreement between devices over a series of sessions.

Aim This study assessed repeatability of the agreement between SLP and RIP.

Methods 14 subjects (7 male, 7 female) with no respiratory diagnosis underwent 5 minutes of simultaneous measurement with SLP and RIP during quiet breathing. This was repeated on 3 occasions over 2 days, by the same operator, at the same location and using the same devices. RR were calculated for thorax ( THRR), abdomen (ABRR) and the entire thoraco-abdominal (TARR) signals for both devices. Agreement between the two devices was assessed using Bland-Altman plots with LOA set at < ± 2 breaths/min.

Results For TARR and THRR, all points were within 2 SD of the mean; for ABRR, 1 of 14 points was outside of 2 SD, but the LOA were within < ± 2 breaths/min. The mean differences between the two devices were 0.476, 0.605 and 0.524 breaths/min for TARR, THRR and ABRR, respectively.

Conclusion Agreement was observed between the two devices for each set of repeated measurements. We conclude that measurement of RR are repeatable.


  1. Iles R, et al. American Thoracic Society Meeting 2014,A2935.

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