Spatiotemporal Reconstruction of the Breathing Function

  • D. Duong
  • D. Shastri
  • P. Tsiamyrtzis
  • I. Pavlidis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7510)


Breathing waveform extracted via nasal thermistor is the most common method to study respiratory function in sleep studies. In essence, this is a temporal waveform of mean temperatures in the nostril region that at every time step collapses two-dimensional data into a single point. Hence, spatial heat distribution in the nostrils is lost along with valuable functional and anatomical cues. This article presents the construction and experimental validation of a spatiotemporal profile for the breathing function via thermal imaging of the nostrils. The method models nasal airflow advection by using a front-propagating level set algorithm with optimal parameter selection. It is the first time that the full two-dimensional advantage of thermal imaging is brought to the fore in breathing computation. This new multi-dimensional measure is likely to bring diagnostic value in sleep studies and beyond.


Breathing data visualization sleep studies thermal imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Duong
    • 1
  • D. Shastri
    • 2
  • P. Tsiamyrtzis
    • 3
  • I. Pavlidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer and Mathematical SciencesUniversity of Houston-DowntownHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of StatisticsAthens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece

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