Clinical implications of remote dielectric sensing system to estimate lung fluid levels
Imamura T, Narang N, Kinugawa K. Clinical implications of remote dielectric sensing system to estimate lung fluid levels [published online ahead of print, 2022 Aug 8]. J Cardiol. 2022;S0914-5087(22)00192-7. doi:10.1016/j.jjcc.2022.07.014
The reduction of pulmonary congestion is an essential clinical target in the management of chronic heart failure. This proves to be challenging given the lack of a gold standard method to quantify the degree of pulmonary congestion both quickly and non-invasively. Remote dielectric sensing (ReDS) is a non-invasive electromagnetic energy-based technology to quantify lung fluid levels as a percentage within minutes. This technique, due to its high negative predictive value, may be a useful tool particularly to rule out primarily cardiac causes of dyspnea in ambulatory patients when the values are normal. Further studies are warranted to establish ReDS-guided management of congestive heart failure patients.