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de Gelidi, S., Bardill, A., Seifnaraghi, N. et al. Thoracic shape changes in newborns due to their position. Sci Rep 11, 4446 (2021).

Thoracic shape changes in newborns due to their position

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Author: de Gelidi, Serena1; Bardill, Andy1; Seifnaraghi, Nima1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Science & Technology, Middlesex University, London, UK
2Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, London, UK
3PEDEGO Research Unit, Medical Research Center Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Department of Children and Adolescents, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-20


The highly compliant nature of the neonatal chest wall is known to clinicians. However, its morphological changes have never been characterized and are especially important for a customised monitoring of respiratory diseases. Here, we show that a device applied on newborns can trace their chest boundary without the use of radiation. Such technology, which is easy to sanitise between patients, works like a smart measurement tape drawing also a digital cross section of the chest. We also show that in neonates the supine position generates a significantly different cross section compared to the lateral ones. Lastly, an unprecedented comparison between a premature neonate and a child is reported.

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Series: Scientific reports
ISSN: 2045-2322
ISSN-E: 2045-2322
ISSN-L: 2045-2322
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Article number: 4446
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-83869-8
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3123 Gynaecology and paediatrics
Funding: This work was supported in part by the CRADL project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 2014–2018 under Grant Agreement No. 668259, and the PNEUMACRIT project, and in part by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under Grant No. EP/T001259/1. M.R. and M.K. are sponsored by the Finnish Foundation for Pediatric Research, Grant No. 190139. M.R. received also a personal research grant from The Alma and KA Snellman Foundation, Oulu, Finland.
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