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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;2009:5551-4. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5333733.

Normal probability testing of snore signals for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.

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School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia. houman@itee.uq.edu.au

Abstract

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent disease in which upper airways are collapsed during sleep, leading to serious consequences. The standard method of OSA diagnosis is known as Polysomnography (PSG), which requires an overnight stay in a specifically equipped facility, connected to over 15 channels of measurements. PSG requires (i) contact instrumentation and, (ii) the expert human scoring of a vast amount of data based on subjective criteria. PSG is expensive, time consuming and is difficult to use in community screening or pediatric assessment. Snoring is the most common symptom of OSA. Despite the vast potential, however, it is not currently used in the clinical diagnosis of OSA. In this paper, we propose a novel method of snore signal analysis for the diagnosis of OSA. The method is based on a novel feature that quantifies the non-Gaussianity of individual episodes of snoring. The proposed method was evaluated using overnight clinical snore sound recordings of 86 subjects. The recordings were made concurrently with routine PSG, which was used to establish the ground truth via standard clinical diagnostic procedures. The results indicated that the developed method has a detectability accuracy of 97.34%.

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19964391
DOI:
10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5333733
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