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Portable Patient Training

Device for Lung Cancer


University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering 301
Final Report
May 5th, 2004

Team Members
Thomas Chia
Brent Geiger
Jason Ethington
Kawai Chan
Dr. Bhudatt Paliwal, PhD
Department of Human Oncology
Willis Tompkins, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering

The goals of this project are to design and construct a device to measure breathing
patterns in lung cancer patients undergoing 4-D tomotherapy treatments. The
hardware consists of a project box containing a string potentiometer, a 9V battery,
and a SPDT switch attached to a chest strap. As the patient breathes, the
circumference of the chest will change and in effect cause displacement of the
string potentiometer and change the output voltage. The output voltage is
sampled by an A/D converter and presented to the breathing trainer program
written using LabView 7.0. The LabView program is separated into a client
program that will acquire a guiding cycle for the patient and a patient program
that will show his/her real-time breathing pattern compared to the guiding cycle.
This project will be continued in BME 400. As part of this future work the team
will scale the LabView program down to a personal digital assistant (PDA), make
the hardware more economical, and improve the overall performance of the

Problem Statement
4-D tomotherapy treatment outcomes for lung cancer depend on the stability and
repeatability of a patients breathing pattern. A portable patient training system is desired
to allow more breathing pattern practice for patients. The portable device should measure
a patients breathing pattern, process the breathing pattern waveform signal and display
the signal against an established reference waveform on a portable pocket PC. The
display should provide feedback to the patient to allow him/her to practice a stable and
repeatable breathing pattern.

Tomotherapy is a relatively new technique used to deliver radiation for the
treatment of cancer. This technique uses high-energy radiation in order to damage and
eventually kill target tissues, such as a tumors or cancerous tissue. One of the underlying
principles of tomotherapy is to damage the target tissue more than the surrounding

healthy tissue. By concentrating the radiation on the target tissue and avoiding the
healthy surrounding tissue the cancer can be treated with minimal damage to the body.
Tomotherapy has several unique features that allow it to be effective.
Before treatment a CT image of the target tissue is made. This allows the
physicians to know exactly what the tissues or tumor looks like, and where they are
before beginning treatment. This is a very important step in avoiding healthy tissue
damage and limiting misplaced radiation.
Tomotherapy also uses a helical radiation delivery pattern. This means that the
radiation source rotates around the patient as it delivers the radiation. This allows the
radiation to be delivered from many different angles and to effectively concentrate on the
target tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Helical delivery pattern used in tomotherapy.

Tomotherapy utilizes technology called Intensity Modulation Radiotherapy

(IMRT). IMRT is the changing of the intensity and shape of the radiation that is
delivered to the target tissue. It does that by using a multileaf collimator, or MLC. A
MLC uses leafs, or plates, that quickly move back and forth obstructing the radiation.
This changes the intensity and shape of the radiation, allowing further control for the
delivery of the radiation, making it more effective in killing the target tissue.

Design Motivation
In the case of tomotherapy treatments for lung cancer, the tumor will move as the
patient is breathing during the treatment. This adds another level of difficulty. Not only
does the tomotherapy device have to track the tissue in three dimensional space it also
has to track the tumor as the patient breaths, adding time as a fourth dimension. The
tumor can be tracked as the patient breathes but it is important that the patient breathes in
a steady repeatable pattern. By taking several CT images throughout the patients
breathing cycle the exact location of the tumor can be known with respect to where the
patient is in his or her breathing pattern. The physicians currently use several techniques
to track the patients breathing patterns during the procedure. These consist of a sensor or
reflector that is placed on the chest of the patient and either infrared light or laser beams.
This enables the physician to know the position of the patients chest and the breathing
pattern of the patient. By giving the patient a guiding cycle the patient can follow it and
the position of the target tissue will be known.
However, an ideal breathing pattern is hard to achieve in many patients. Even
normal breathing has deeper or shallower breaths and often changes in frequency. The
situation a person is in will also change the pattern. This is obviously seen in breathing
patterns when exercising compared to breathing patterns at rest. This can also come into
effect when a person is nervous, for example before a radiotherapy session. Our client
believes that through at-home practice, the patient will be able to breathe a repeatable
pattern when it comes time for the tomotherapy procedure.

Client Requirements

Our client would like a portable breathing trainer that would allow a patient to
practice breathing in the comfort of his/her home. Currently, this is not feasible with the
equipment used in the hospital for a number of reasons. First of all, the equipment used
is extremely expensive. It is not possible to loan this equipment to the patient. Also, the
current devices are large and bulky and would require special transport. The devices are
also not very user friendly and it would take significant training for the patient to use it at
In order to construct a portable breathing trainer, the client has specified a number
of requirements for the device. The first requirement is that the device should be portable
and be able to be used at the patients home. The display on the device should also show
the patients breathing pattern in real-time on top of guiding cycles. The device should be
easy to use and comfortable to the patient. Finally, the client informed us of what he
envisioned as the three major components to the device:
1. Breathing measurement device
2. Signal processor
3. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) + software
Design Constraints
There are several aspects that the design must encompass in order for it to be an
effective training device for a repeatable breathing pattern. These aspects all revolve
around one main issue; the patient needs to practice their breathing pattern outside of the
hospital on their own.
First of all proposed designs must give a guiding cycle that the patient can follow.
This guiding cycle would be an example of a steady, repeated breathing pattern. It should

be specialized for each patient, since everyones breathing pattern is different. This guide
will be constructed from a typical pattern of the patients breathing found through a
number of calibration breaths. The device will then display the real-time breathing
pattern of the patient. This is important so that the patient can accurately follow the
guiding cycle and train for a repeatable pattern.
Since the device is to be used at home it is important that the device is small,
portable, and user friendly. The patients will need to use the device on their own so it
must be simple and straightforward.

If the device is too complicated the patient may

become frustrated and not use the device at all, which in turn decreases the effectiveness
of their treatment.

Alternative Solutions
The proposed design will consist of three discrete component stages (Figure 2).
The first component of the overall design is the breathing pattern measurement hardware.
This hardware must consistently measure the patients breathing pattern and output a
signal that can be analyzed, processed, and graphically displayed. In the following
section three proposed breathing measurement design alternatives will be outlined and
The second component of the design is the analog to digital signal (A/D)
conversion and software used to analyze/graph the output signal from the breathing
measurement hardware. Two programming languages, Microsoft Visual Basic and
National Instruments LabView 7.0, will be considered for use in the final design.

Finally, the last component of the design will be the user interface and final
display of the patients breathing waveform. Display of the breathing pattern waveform
can be accomplished either on a laptop computer or a personal digital assistant (PDA).

Figure 2: Three basic component stages of overall proposed design.

Thermistor Design
The first proposed design alternative to measure patient breathing patterns
involves the use of a nasal thermistor or thermocouple sensor. This device detects the
inherent changes in nasal airflow that result from normal breathing using a thermistor or
thermocouple. Then the corresponding change in resistance would be processed using a
low power microcontroller with an A/D converter for data acquisition and signal
processing (Javanov et al., 2001).
An advantage of this device is that it can generate a relatively accurate breathing
pattern waveform (Graph 1). It is also capable of consistently measuring a patients
breathing waveform for an extended period of time.

Graph 1: Breathing pattern waveform generated with a nasal thermistor breathing pattern measurement
device. BALcorrespondstobreathamplitudewhileBIcorrespondstobreathinterval(Javanovetal.).

The main disadvantage of this type of design is invasiveness. Many patients would feel
uncomfortable having a thermistor placed inside
their nostril for and extended period of time.
Also, another major disadvantage of this type of
device is that it only measures breathing from
one nostril. This means that if the patient
breathes through his/her mouth the pattern will
not be detected by the thermistor device.
Figure 3: Thermistor measuring airflow through nostril.

Inductance Pnuemography
The second proposed design alternative involves the use of a technique called
impedance or inductance pnuemography. In each case instrumentation is used to measure
either a change in inductance or electrical impedance corresponding to a patients
breathing pattern. Impedance pneumography involves passing a very small high
frequency electrical current across ECG chest electrodes and measuring the change in

impedance as the chest volume changes. The impedance change is caused by air (which is
a poor electrical conductor), moving into the lungs and thereby changing the volume of
the lungs (WelchAllyn,2004). Inductancepneumographyinvolvesstrappingacoilof

Figure 4: An example of an inductance pneumography device.

Linear Position Transducer

A third proposed design alternative involves using a technique called resistance
pnuemography, which is similar to the technique described above. However, instead of
measuring the inductance change of a cable, a miniature cable extension linear position
transducer (Figure 5) is used to obtain a signal corresponding to the breathing pattern
waveform. The position transducer is attached to an elastic strap tightened around the
patients chest (Figure 6).


Figure 5: Image and schematic of the miniature linear displacement transducer. The diameter is
approximately 20 cm.

Figure 6: Example of a position transducer attached to a chest strap.

As the patient breathes and the circumference of the chest expands the cable will
extend a given distance based upon the magnitude to patient inhalation. The cable
extension corresponds to a change in resistance of the potentiometer. Using a simple
voltage divider the output is an analog signal ranging from zero to supply voltage with
magnitude proportional to the amount of cable extension. The output signal can then be
processed using an A/D converter and interfaced with a computer for data storage and
breathing waveform display (Webster, 2004).
The advantages of this design are that it is accurate, minimally invasive, and does
not require any additional circuitry for amplification or filtering of the analog output
signal. One disadvantage is the high cost of specialized position transducers. However,
more research into position transducers should yield more economical potentiometers that


will meet the needs of this project. Also in order for best performance, the chest strap
needs to be placed on the chest or on the stomach depending on each patients breathing
Design Matrix
The design matrix contains four categories: accuracy, price, simplicity and
invasiveness. Accuracy is an important factor because reliable measurements are vital to
the establishing a repeatable breathing pattern. The inductor method is the most accurate
among the three measuring device because it is the least affected by the different kinds of
breathing types. By placing one sensing strap around the chest and the other across the
stomach both breathing types can be measured. The potentiometer method achieves
moderate accuracy, however, it cannot measure both chest and stomach breathing
simultaneously. This problem can be solved by advising the patient to attach the device
to the same area of the torso to get a reproducible signal. The thermistor method is the
least accurate because it needs to be placed in the same location (i.e. same depth inside
the nostril). This can prove difficult and invasive for the patient to accomplish.
The price for the displacement transducer includes buying a linear potentiometer,
elastic band, and nylon strap. The estimated cost for this is approximately $225.00. The
other two methods are more expensive because we would likely have to buy a complete
instrumentation package in the case of the inductance pnuemography or deal with
complicated electronics to build a thermistor measurement device.
Simplicity is an important attribute for the measurement device. This is both for the
sake of limited time to design and build the device as well to keep things simple for the
patient. The potentiometer is the right choice because the basic working theory is a


voltage divider. By connecting the potentiometer with a power source and attaching it to
a strap, the device is already outputting a meaningful signal. The other two required a
rather complex theory and a more careful design process.
Invasiveness is the other main concern in this design. The higher the score in this
category, the less invasive the device is. The potentiometer and inductor methods are
both ranked to the highest because they are placed around patients chest. As their
components are lightweight, both of these devices will not obstruct normal breathing. On
the other hand the thermistor design may require putting a thermistor inside the patients
nostril which may cause annoyance to them.
Each category is ranked on a one-to-five scale where a five means the best. A
weight factor is applied to each category based on the relative importance. Since the
simplicity and invasiveness is more important than the accuracy and price, the score in
these categories are multiplied by two. The total score shows that the potentiometer
method is ranked the best and this is the method to be developed in this semester
(Chart 1).

Chart 1: Design matrix for breathing measurement hardware.


Data Processing and Data Displaying Units

After the breathing data is acquired from the measurement devices, it is important to
interpret the data into a meaningful output. Therefore, we need a data processing unit
that will convert the analog voltage signal into a digital signal that can be used to display
the breathing pattern; this can be achieved through the use of an analog-to-digital (A/D)
converter. By plugging in the voltage output to an A/D converter and connecting the
converter to a PC, the analog signal can then benefit from digital signal processing.
The search for an A/D converter has led to two possible options, the Measurement
Computing PMD-1208LS and the National Instruments DAQ-6024E PCMCIA card. The
PMD has a 10-bit analog output, while the 6024E has a 12-bit analog output. Either one
should have more than enough resolution then we need for our application. The PMD
has a USB output which will make it easy to interface with a PC and costs $109.00. The
6024E uses a PCMCIA output and will interface nicely with LabView software.
Unfortunately, the cost for this card is $600.00. Since the PCMCIA output is necessary
for the eventual incorporation of a PDA we will use the 6024E converter.
After the D/A converter, the PC still needs instruction on how to organize the digital
data to a meaningful way (i.e., by writing a program to tell the PC how to manage the
input data). The two programming languages being considered are Visual Basic and
LabView. Visual Basic is one of the most popular programming tools developed by
Microsoft. The language is rather simple compared with other high-level languages. The
main advantage is that it is relatively easy to learn can be used by various Windows
applications (Predko, 2003). A disadvantage to this language is that it is slow (Tompkins,
2004). LabView is developed by National Instruments and is specially designed for


hardware-interface applications on the PC. This program also uses a graphical

programming environment that allows those who are not familiar with normal
programming create a program relatively easily. Instead of using normal code-structure,
LabView programs are created by selecting appropriate functional blocks and connecting
the blocks by wires (Predko, 2003). LabView programs can be developed into standalone applications. Which means the end-user does not need LabView installed or know
how to use LabView. If we use a National Instruments DAQ card, LabView will
recognize the card and configure itself properly. This will greatly reduce the difficulty of
writing a hardware-interface application. Our team will begin the programming of the
device on LabView.
The output of the device is ultimately presented to the patient through some type of
visual monitor. Instead of programming directly for a PDA, we will first create the
program on a laptop PC. Once the LabView program is completed on the laptop, we can
compile the program to fit onto a PDA running Windows CE. This compilation is
accomplished through a program called LabView PDA module made by National
Instruments. The PDA will then show the patient the real-time breathing cycle and the
guiding cycle simultaneously on a small, portable device.

The decision was made to proceed with the linear potentiometer as the method to
quantify the breathing patterns of patients for this project. This design is the ideal choice
because it balances the clients requirements for simplicity, non-invasiveness, and
accuracy when compared to the other design alternatives.


The centerpiece of the breathing trainer device is the linear potentiometer (a.k.a.
position transducer). The team acquired a SpaceAge Control linear potentiometer model
173-0241-R1N with a cable displacement of 3-inches (76mm). Full specifications on the
linear potentiometer can be found in Appendix B. The position transducer was purchased
directly from Space Age Control, Inc. under an academic discount of 50%. This brought
the price of the transducer down to $197.50.
The linear potentiometer has a built-in voltage divider circuit that allows the
output voltage to range from 0V to the input voltage based on the amount of cable
displacement. For this project the team chose to use a 9V battery as the power
source/input voltage. Both the linear potentiometer and the 9V battery were installed into
an ABS plastic project box measuring 4 inches x 1.5 inches x 2 inches. Finally, in order
to keep the voltage divider circuit from continually draining power from the 9V battery, a
single pole double throw (SPDT) switch (Alco, MTE-1060) was installed to allow the
device to be turned on and off (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Project box, 9V battery, potentiometer, and switch.


The project box and all its contents were attached to an adjustable chest strap.
The nylon chest strap was purchased from REI (Item # 709047) for $2.50 and measures 1
inch in width x 60 inches in length. The strap can be connected together with a simple
buckle. Two rivets were used to secure the lid of the project box to a position on the
chest strap about 3-inches from the fixed buckle (Figure 8). This allowed the project box
to fit securely against the chest when the chest strap was attached to the body.
The cable extending from the potentiometer was fed out of a hole (approximately
0.7 mm in diameter) on the opposite side of the project box. A brass swivel was attached
to the end of the cable outside of the box. This swivel could then be opened and hooked
onto any location on the chest strap. The ideal location for where the swivel was attached
on the chest strap was about 2.5 inches from project box (Figure 8). This allows the strap
to limit the amount of cable that can be pulled out from the potentiometer.

Figure 8: Chest strap with 2.5 inches of slack and elastic band connected to potentiometer wire. Also
notice the steel riveting on top of the box that secures the strap in place. Connected from the bottom of the
box to the strap is an elastic strap to provide adequate tension in the chest strap.

During initial testing of the breathing trainer device it was discovered that the
tension on the chest strap needed to be increased. This is due to the considerable

displacement created when trying to secure the chest strap on the body. If the tension
was increased on the strap then the strap could be adjusted to fit snugly against the body
without displacing the cable and leave all movement of the potentiometer cable to be
introduced only while breathing. The tension was increased in the chest strap by sewing
a one-inch wide band of elastic between the project box and where the potentiometer wire
attached to the chest strap (Figure 8). Finally to allow for easier connectivity between the
potentiometer and the A/D converter, a simple male/female electrical connector was
attached just outside of the project box (Figure 9).

Figure 9: Male/female electrical connectors used between the A/D converter and project box.

A/D Signal Converter

The analog to digital converter chosen for use in this project was a National
Instruments DAQ-6024E for a PCMCIA slot (Figure 10). This is a 12-bit D/A card with
16 Analog Inputs and 200 kS/s sampling. This PCMCIA card can be inserted in most
laptops and PDAs with a PCMCIA slot for portable measurements. This DAQ card is
chosen because of its small size and DAQmx-support feature. The DAQmx driver allows
the card to be easily recognized by LabView and greatly simplifies the signal-processing
steps. To connect the signal wires from the device to the D/A card, a terminal block NI
CB-68LP was used.


Figure 10: National Instruments PCMCIA DAQ-6024E A/D converter.

The program complexity is greatly reduced by the use of the new kind of DAQ driver
called DAQmx by National Instruments. This driver is capable of supporting real-time
applications. As shown in Figure 11 the client program consists of only a DAQmx
assistant VI (virtual instrument) that is responsible for the data acquisition. The data
analysis part of signal processing is automated by the driver. The user can select the
sampling rate and number of samples to get an optimum resolution of the signal. In this
prototype the sampling rate is set as high as 1000Hz for a very smooth plot. However, in
theory the sampling rate should only need to be twice the frequency of the patients
breathing. Since an average person breathes with a frequency of about 0.2 1 Hz, a
sampling rate of 3-4 Hz should be adequate.


Figure 11: Client program, block diagram view with DAQmx-assistant.

Since our prototype is designed for both client and patients use, it is more
convenient to split the program into two: one for our client to detect and record the
breathing cycle and the other one for the patient to run the recorded cycle and plot realtime breathing patterns on the screen. The program for the client can input the digital
signal from the DAQ card and play the signal on the measuring tank as shown in Figure
12. Once the physician or medical assistant is convinced the breathing pattern of the
patient shown in the measuring tank is normal, he/she can press the write to file button
on the front panel and write the data to a file that can be used by the patient later on. This
will become the guiding cycle for the patient.


Figure 12: Screen shot of clients LabView program used to obtain guiding cycle.

The patient program will play the guiding cycle saved from the clients program and
plot the real-time signal from the patient simultaneously. This enables the patient to see
how well his/her breathing pattern matches the guiding cycle (Figure 13).

Figure 13: Screen shot of patients LabView program used to track real-time breathing pattern against
the guiding cycle.


Future work
The design and prototype created this semester serves as an ideal proof of
concept, however there is surely room for a considerable amount of refinement and
future work to be done on the design. The work accomplished this semester effectively
shows that a miniature position transducer can be used to measure a patients breathing
pattern and that when used in association with LabView 7.0 it is possible to display the
patients breathing cycle in real-time against an established guiding cycle.
The next step in the design process would be to scale the display unit to a small
and portable PDA device. A PDA device with a PCMCIA cradle has the capability to
support this type of application. Portability of the breathing trainer device would allow
the patient to practice with the device in the comfort of his/her home before beginning
tomotherapy treatment. For the design to be implemented on a PDA device the chosen
model of PDA would have to be fitted with a PCMCIA cradle to be compatible with the
analog to digital DAQ card. An example of a PDA with a PCMCIA cradle and matching
DAQ card are shown below in figure 14.

Figure 14: An example of a PDA equipped with a PCMCIA cradle capable of interfacing with the A/D
DAQ card.


In order for the LabView program to function on a pocket PC it needs to be

compiled to work on the limited resources of a handheld device and execute as a standalone program. This can be done by installing a LabView PDA module. This module
allows the current LabView program to be scaled down to fit onto a handheld unit. All
designing and programming would need to be done on the master laptop, however when
the software design is completed it will not be problematic to transfer the application to a
PDA format. The LabView PDA module is sold separately from LabView 7.0 and is
available for student use through the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) department.
There are several programming modifications that need to be done. In the future
a better method to display the breathing pattern and the guiding cycle would be to place a
waveform graph on the front panel so that the guiding cycle can be shown as a waveform
plotted over time. Then the real-time signal can be superimposed on the guiding cycle so
both the client and patient can have a better idea on how to anticipate the breathing cycle.
Moreover, in the current patient program the guiding cycle file cannot be repeated when
the end of the file is reached. The future program will need to solve this problem by
reading the file repeatedly until the user presses stop. This can greatly reduce the size of
the data file since the operator can just save two or three breathing cycles into file and
repeat them indefinitely.
Another design feature that will be refined is the connection cable between the
position transducer output and the DAQ card input. Currently the cable is bulky, rigid,
and requires the use of a large digital acquisition board shown below in figure 15


Figure 15: The current digital acquisition board

Since this application only requires the use of two cables: one as the voltage output of the
position transducer and one as reference ground, a custom cable design could easily be
constructed fitting the proper specifications. The new cable could be constructed to any
predetermined length and would eliminate the need for the massive DAQ connection
cable or the digital acquisition board.
Another future design issue that has been discussed is the use of video goggles to
display the patents breathing waveform and corresponding guiding cycle. This would
also serve as the first step to creating a device that could be used in the actual
tomotherapy environment. The video goggles would allow the patient to control their
breathing while undergoing tomotherapy treatment and would most likely produce
superior results during the treatment.
However, if the device were eventually modified for use in the actual tomotherapy
machine several factors would have to be considered. First, the material used for the
position transducer enclosure, the position transducer itself, and all necessary wiring and
supports would have to be analyzed and deemed safe for use in the high radiation
environment of the tomotherapy machine. Then the exact attenuations of all materials
used would have to be calculated and accounted for during the radiation treatment.
Second, a modified or entirely new software platform would have to be created to display


the breathing cycles in the video goggles. Finally, the design would certainly have to be
subjected to rigorous human subjects approval and testing before there is any possibility
for use in the tomotherapy machine.

Ethical Issues
There are several ethical issues that should be addressed when working on our
design. One issue is an economical one. It is important to make the best product we can
while minimizing the cost. Our product should be as affordable as possible so that the
people who need to use our design can afford it. Currently, we are using a potentiometer
that is very expensive and more precise than the design requires. If the team could find a
suitable alternative to our current transducer we could make a more affordable product
and reach a larger number of patients. Another issue involves the use of universitylicensed software in our design. The software programming done in LabView 7.0 has
been completed on a laptop from the UW-Biomedical Engineering Department. We have
also obtained copies of the LabView 7.0 PDA module from UW Computer-Aided
Engineering (CAE). The issue of concern is the line between academic usage and
commercial usage by the client. More specifically, is it legal to use academic software
for producing multiple copies of the breathing trainer software to the general public. If
not, it may be necessary for our client to purchase an entirely new license in his name.

It is clear from earlier discussions that the device has great potential to function as
a successful patient breathing training system. Based upon the significant progress made
thus far it is the general consensus of the group that we would like to continue this as our
BME 400 capstone design project in the fall semester of 2004. Ideally we would like to


refine and completely finish this design to the point were it can be proposed to a
production company. We are also planning to disclose for a patent to gain rights to the
intellectual property that we have created. Our client, Dr. Bhudatt Paliwal, has been
extremely cooperative throughout the semester in terms of both funding and constructive
input and we would like the opportunity to completely finalize the design and present him
with the final product.


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Appendix A

Product Design Specification

BME 301-Portable Patient Training Device for Lung Cancer Treatment
Team Members:
Thomas Chia Leader
Jason Ethington BWIG
Brent Geiger - BSAC
Kawai Chan - Communicator
Advisor: Willis Tompkins, Ph.D.
Revision date April 30th, 2004
Problem Statement: 4-D tomotherapy treatment outcomes for lung cancer depend on
the stability and repeatability of a patients breathing pattern. A portable patient training
system is desired to allow more practice for the patients. The portable device will
measure a patients breathing pattern, then display the guiding cycles and provide
feedback on the patients current breathing curve on the display of a Pocket PC.
Client Requirements:
Device should be portable and be able to be used at the patients home
Display should show patients breathing pattern superimposed on the guiding
Device should be easy to use and comfortable for the patient
The client envisions three major components to the device:
1. Breathing measurement device
2. Signal processor
3. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) + software
Design Requirements:
Physical and Operational Characteristics
a. Performance requirements
Must be portable and intuitive to use by the patient. Able to be attached/operated
solely by the patient. Simple to operate and as unobtrusive as possible.
b. Safety
Must not harm patient in any way. Device will not have any sharp areas, exposed
wires, or abrasive material. All wires/electrical components should be
consolidated into one location and should not come in contact with the patient.
All currents and voltages used should not pose any risks to the patient. Minimal
effort needed to transport and operate device.
c. Accuracy and Reliability
Must be able to accurately calibrate the patients natural breathing cycle.
Afterwards, must accurately measure that patients breathing in real-time and
display its position in reference to the guiding cycle.


d. Life in Service
Must be in service for as long as patient is able to utilize the device. PDA
batteries should be replaced when necessary. Proper operation should be checked
for each week. Major calibration checked for every patient.
e. Shelf Life
The shelf life will be five years stored at room temperature in a dry location.
f. Operating Environment
This device will be used in a home environment. It will be subjected to constant
use by multiple patients. The device may be subjected to fluids and/or dust
caused by everyday use.
g. Ergonomics
Device should be comfortable and not affect the patients natural breathing
pattern. PDA display should be easily readable. Device should not require
significant strength to assemble.
h. Size
The device must fit for a range of bodily sizes. Needs to be easily portable for the
patient and contained in a box for easy transport.
i. Weight
The entire device should not weigh more then 2 kg.
j. Materials
There are no restrictions on materials.
k. Aesthetics, Appearance, and Finish
Device should not appear dangerous or fragile to the patient.

Production Characteristics
a. Quantity
One prototype.
b. Target Production Cost


Standards and Specifications

Human subjects testing approval may be required.
No devices are known that accomplish this goal.


Appendix B
Data Sheet - Series 173, 174, 175 and 176 Analog-Output Subminiature
Position Transducer
Subminiature Size, Easy Mounting
Key Features

1. 6.5-Inch (165-mm) Maximum Travel (Series 176)

2. Analog Signal Using Precision Conductive Plastic
3. AccuTrakTM Grooved Drum for Enhanced Repeatability
4. Bearing-Mounted Rotating Components
5. Optional Flexible Mounting Bases
6. DirectConnectTM Sensor-To-Drum Technology = Zero
Backlash, No Torsion Springs or Clutches

Potentiometer Specifications
Potentiometer Type

1-turn, precision, conductive plastic

Resistance: Value, Tolerance

5K ohms, 10%

Travel: Electrical, Mechanical

340, 340 min

Mechanical Life

100 million shaft revolutions min

Output Signal

analog signal from 0 to supply voltage (voltage divider circuit)

Power Rating

1.0 W at 158 F (70 C)

Supply Current

12 mA max

Supply Voltage

35 VDC max (using voltage divider circuit)

Independent Linearity Error

0.5% max per VRCI-P-100A

Output Smoothness

0.1% max

Insulation Resistance

1000 Mohms at 500 VDC min

Dielectric Strength

1000 VDC min


infinite signal

Operating Temperature

-85 to +257 F (-65 to +125 C)

Shock, Vibration

100 g for 6 ms, 10 to 2000 Hz at 15 g per Mil-R-39023


Temperature Coefficient

400 ppm/C max

Other Specifications
Case Materials

precision-machined anodized 2024 aluminum

Displacement Cable

0.018-inch (0.46-mm) dia., 7-by-7 stranded stainless steel, 40-lb (177-N) min
breaking strength

Cable Hardware

1 each of 300196 loop sleeve, 300292 copper sleeve, 300688 ball-end plug,
300495 pull ring, 160026 brass swivel, and 301003 nickel swivel; all items
provided uncrimped

Nominal Mass
Displ. Cable Tension (Nom., Min)
Displ. Cable Tension (Nom., Max)
Displ. Cable Accel. (Nom., Max)

173 (Opt. 1)
1 oz (28 g)
0.5 oz (0.1 N)
4 oz (1.1 N)

173 (Opt. 2)
1 oz (28 g)
2 oz (0.6 N)
10 oz (2.8 N)
17 g

2 oz (57 g)
3 oz (0.8 N)
12 oz (3.3 N)

3 oz (85 g)
2 oz (0.6 N)
10 oz (2.8 N)

4 oz (113 g)
2.5 oz (0.7 N)
8 oz (2.2 N)

NEMA 3S / IP 54, DO-160D (ED-14D) Env. Cat.


Environmental Protection

Model Numbers and Ordering Codes


position transducer (3.00-inch (76-mm) range)


position transducer (4.00-inch (102-mm) range)


position transducer (5.00-inch (127-mm) range)


position transducer (6.50-inch (165-mm) range)

Example: 173-0241-L2N (left-hand displacement cable pull, cable tension: -020, no base)



left-hand displacement cable pull

right-hand displacement cable pull

cable tension: -010 (173 only)

cable tension: -020 (173 only)

cable tension: -030 (174, 175, and 176 only)

no base

base: L (173 only); pn 173015

base: L (174/175 only); pn 174015

base: L (176 only); pn 176015



Electrical Connection for Increasing Output with Displacement Cable Extraction

Left-Hand Pull

Right-Hand Pull

input, V+
output, signal, S+
ground, common, V-, S-