Chest. Sep;(3) doi: /chest Impulse oscillometry: interpretation and practical applications. Bickel S(1), Popler J(2), Lesnick. Impulse oscillometry (IOS), a simple, noninvasive method using the forced oscillation technique, requires minimal patient cooperation and is suitable for use in. This improvised technique of FOT that could use multiple sound frequencies at one time was called the impulse oscillometry system (IOS). The temporal.

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Impulse oscillometry: interpretation and practical applications.

Mechanical properties of the lung are important determinants as well as indicators of lung function and thus help in the diagnosis and monitoring of several lung disorders. Eur Respir J ; European Respiratory Society Monograph.

Provides an index of discrepancy between input and measured signals Compliance An indicator of the ability of the lung tissue to distend in response to the pressure wave Frequency-independent change When resistance values do not vary at different frequencies.

These include standard spirometry as mentioned, 34 body plethysmography, 35 and the interrupter technique, 36 as well as tidal breathing measurements and multiple-breath inert gas washout technique. However, this too is shown to be inadequate. Peripheral airway impairment measured by oscillometry predicts loss of asthma control in children. Open in a separate window. Medline and PubMed search, limited to English language and human disease, with keywords forced oscillation, impulse oscillometry, and asthma.

Resonant frequency fres is defined as the frequency at which the inertial properties of airway and the capacitance of lung periphery are equal [ Figure 3b ], i. Bronchodilation and bronchoprotection in asthmatic preschool children from formoterol administered by mechanically actuated dry-powder inhaler and spacer. The pressure oscillations are applied at a fixed square wave frequency of 5 Hz, from which all other frequencies of interest are derived. Bold, long-dash and short-dash lines represent measurements in normal, central airway obstruction and peripheral airway obstruction respectively.


The IOS apparatus generates pressure oscillations at the mouth that propagate via movement of the air column in the conducting airways, which is followed by distension and recoil of the elastic components of lung tissues and creation of backpressure. The results of IOS testing are graphically displayed on the computer monitor. Impulse oscillometry measures pulmonary impedance Zrs Table 1which comprises pulmonary resistance energy required to propagate the pressure wave through the airways and reactance amount of recoil generated against that pressure wave.

This may help explain the lack of studies reported in the literature for this age group. This may be indicative of distal obstruction. The second advantage is that IOS can detect subtle changes in the small airway function even in the setting of normal spirometry, as illustrated above, thus providing valuable information for early diagnosis and monitoring of airway diseases. Further technological advances that reduce the form factor, making it inexpensive and portable, as well as novel analytical methods for ease of diagnosis are on the horizon.

In addition to IOS, a number of techniques are routinely used to assess lung dysfunction.

Impulse oscillometry provides a rapid, noninvasive measure of airway impedance. Values in normal subjects and in patients with respiratory disease. A pilot study to evaluate Australian predictive equations for the impulse oscillometry system.

This does not require any effort from the subject and hence is feasible to do in many situations like in children, very elderly people, in subjects oecillometry are on ventilators, who underwent surgery or when spirometry related bronchospasm is a concern. Reference values of total respiratory resistance and reactance between 4 and 26 Hz oxcillometry children and adolescents aged 4 —20 years. In this review, we describe the principles of IOS and discuss the progress in adopting this relatively new methodology in OAD.

By extension therefore, disease isolated to the distal airways will increase R5 to a greater extent than the R Age as a factor in the distribution of lower-airway conductance and in the pathologic anatomy of obstructive lung disease. Exposure to oscillometey smoke as a cause for airway disease in women and children.


Table 1 Impulse Oscillometry Terminology. Res Exp Med Berl ; An impulse consisting of a mixture of sound waves of different frequencies is generated by the loud speaker at the mouth. Impulse oscillometry versus spirometry in a long-term study of controller therapy for pediatric asthma.

Support Center Support Center. This defined as respiratory system Zrs and includes the in-phase real component which is the resistive component Rrs and an out-of-phase imaginary component which is a reactive component Xrs.

Is exposure to osxillometry smoke the biggest risk factor for COPD globally? Dotted lines indicate the normal tracing, whereas solid lines show pathological tracings. Impulse oscillometry also may be used during challenge and provocation testing. This has been confirmed by others who report that healthy smokers often have abnormal IOS compared to nonsmokers.

Impulse oscillometry in the evaluation of diseases of the airways in children

Table 1 shows a comparison of the predictive equations published in different populations. Official publication of Indian Chest Society. Reactance X Energy generated by the recoil of the lungs after oscillommetry by a pressure wave out of phase with airflow Area of reactance AX or XA Area under the curve between the reactance values for 5Hz and the resonance impuose Coefficient of variability CV Statistical determinant of the trial-to-trial variability serving as an index of reproducibility Coherence An estimate of the quality of impedance measurements.

Pressure oscillations are applied at the mouth to measure pulmonary resistance and reactance. Airway resistance, im;ulse at lower frequencies, is inversely correlated to age; younger children generally have higher airway resistance than older children and adults.

Measurements of resistance a. Authors have nothing to disclose.