Australian researchers say they can diagnose obstructive sleep apnea while the patient is awake.
Normally a patient has to go to a sleep clinic to get that diagnosis, but researchers at Curtin University have created a computer simulation program to analyze breathing airflow in the throat. The program creates a 3D model of a patient's throat.
"What our study suggests is that OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) could be identified, even when the individual concerned is awake and breathing normally," researcher Julien Cisonni said in a release about the study.
"It is likely that more than half of the people affected by OSA are not aware of it. The development of innovative tools based on airway scans and flow simulations would ease OSA diagnosis and facilitate early intervention."