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A Wearable Wireless Monitoring System for the Detection of Pulmonary Edema



Kamran Sayrafian, Katjana Krhac, Uzay Bengi, Sema Dumanli Oktar


In this paper we investigate the feasibility of a simple wearable system that can be used at home to detect or monitor excess fluid buildup in the lungs. This is a medical condition referred to as pulmonary edema. A methodology has been developed to computationally emulate human lungs with various levels of fluid in the alveoli. The proposed wearable system is composed of several small wearable antennas located on the chest and back area. The antennas will operate at MedRadio frequency band and will be optimized for signal penetration through the body. The frequency and time responses of the communication channel between these antennas for the lung models with varying levels of fluid have been measured and analyzed. The results show a correlation between the channel response and the level of fluids inside the lungs. This correlation can potentially be exploited by a simple wearable system to predict the onset of pulmonary edema for patients living in remote areas or people who need to be continuously monitored.
Conference Dates
December 7-11, 2021
Conference Location
Madrid, ES
Conference Title
2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)


Pulmonary Edema, Computational human body models, Wearable antennas, Scattering parameters


Sayrafian, K. , Krhac, K. , Bengi, U. and Dumanli Oktar, S. (2022), A Wearable Wireless Monitoring System for the Detection of Pulmonary Edema, 2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Madrid, ES, [online],, (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created February 2, 2022, Updated March 28, 2024