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Technology and Health Care is intended to serve as a forum for the presentation of original articles and technical notes, observing rigorous scientific standards. Furthermore, upon invitation, reviews, tutorials, discussion papers and minisymposia are featured.
The following types of contributions and areas are considered:
1. Original articles:
Technology development in medicine: New concepts, procedures and devices associated with the use of technology in medical research and clinical practice are presented to a readership with a widespread background in engineering and/or medicine.
Significance of medical technology and informatics for healthcare: The appropriateness, efficacy and usefulness deriving from the application of engineering methods, devices and informatics in medicine and with respect to public health are discussed.
2. Technical notes:
Short communications on novel technical developments with relevance for clinical medicine.
3. Reviews and tutorials (upon invitation only):
Tutorial and educational articles for persons with a primarily medical background on principles of engineering with particular significance for biomedical applications and vice versa are presented.
4. Minisymposia (upon invitation only):
Under the leadership of a Special Editor, controversial issues relating to healthcare are highlighted and discussed by various authors.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to analyse inspiratory crackles in patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) and Bronchiectasis (BE). One case of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has also been included. The relationships between the time of occurrence of crackles (T ) in the breath cycle and the corresponding flow at the mouth (F ) and volume (V ) have been investigated. The linear correlations between the flow, volume and time have been investigated by Pearson’s R -test and the same variables have been analysed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) in order to verify the effective dimension of these data.…The results show a strong correlation between the time of occurrence and the volume in all the examined cases. PCA shows that in all cases F and V account for more than 90% of variation. These results suggest that placing crackles on the flow-volume plane does not cause loss of information.