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Absorption spectroscopy in newborn baby lungs

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Any kind of non-invasive optical measurement of structures deep inside the human body is challenging, and absorption spectroscopy is no exception. But despite the apparent difficulties, a research team from Lund University want to use spectroscopy to measure the concentration of gases in the lungs of newborn babes. They particularly want to do this for premature babies, because they are often born with respiratory problems. At the present, their lungs are monitored with blood tests and x-rays, and there are obvious limits to how regularly these can be performed. If non-invasive optical sensing could give some indication of how well the newborns’ lungs are functioning, it could be an attractive way of providing continual monitoring during treatment.
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