METHODS: Segmented and validated wheeze sounds was collected from 55 asthmatic patients from the trachea and lower lung base (LLB) during tidal breathing maneuvers. Segmented wheeze sounds have been grouped in to nine datasets based on auscultation location, breath phases and a combination of phase and location. Frequency based features F25, F50, F75, F90, F99 and mean frequency (MF) were calculated from normalized power spectrum. Subsequently, multivariate analysis was performed.
RESULTS: Generally frequency features observe statistical significance (p < 0.05) for the majority of datasets to differentiate severity level Ʌ = 0.432-0.939, F(12, 196-1534) = 2.731-11.196, p < 0.05, ɳ2 = 0.061-0.568. It was observed that selected features performed better (higher effect size) for trachea related samples Ʌ = 0.432-0.620, F(12, 196-498) = 6.575-11.196, p < 0.05, ɳ2 = 0.386-0.568.
CONCLUSIONS: The results demonstrated dthat severity levels of asthmatic patients with tidal breathing can be identified through computerized wheeze sound analysis. In general, auscultation location and breath phases produce wheeze sounds with different characteristics.