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New Technologies for the Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 1 ]


Hisham Alshaer   Pages 48 - 56 ( 9 )


Sleep Apnea is a very common condition that has serious cardiovascular sequelae such as hypertension, heart failure, and stroke. Since the advent of modern computers and digital circuits, several streams of new technologies have been introduced to enhance the traditional diagnostic method of polysomnography and offer alternatives that are more accessible, comfortable, and economic. The categories presented in this review include portable polygraphy, mattress-like devices, remote sensing, and acoustic technologies. These innovations are classified as a function of their physical structure and the capabilities of their sensing technologies, due to the importance of these factors in determining the end-user experiences (both patients and medical professionals). Each of those categories offers unique strengths, which then make them particularly suitable for specific applications and end users. To our knowledge, this is a unique approach in presenting and classifying sleep apnea diagnostic innovations.


Sleep apnea, diagnostic technologies, radar, vision, acoustic.


Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.

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