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A) Cross-section of the thorax62 in the height of the heart showing highly heterogeneous propagation medium. (b) Contribution of the point source of sound (origin sound pressure p0 , Eq. (4)) and the distributed sources of sound (volume elements dV with the respective volume density σ of the distributed sound pressure, Eqs. (5) and (6)) to the acoustic pressure p at the applied body sounds sensor as a function of the propagation distance r and the attenuation coeﬃcients α. 5in ch01 25 In order to discuss the propagation phenomena of the body sounds and their absorption from a more theoretical point of view, two types of prevailing sound sources can be assumed: (i) point source of sound, as approximately given in the case of the heart sounds (Sec.
2)). It is worth to discuss shortly the inﬂuence of temperature ϑ and humidity on v (and λ, Eq. (2)) from a physiological point of view. 6 m/s per ◦ C. Since inspiration brings cold air (usually room air) with ϑ < 37◦ C into the airways and expiration delivers the warmed air with ϑ ≈ 37◦ C, the value of v in the large airways decreases and increases, respectively. As a result, v oscillates by a few percents over the breathing cycle. The respiratory induced humidity changes in the large airways can also be expected to inﬂuence the eﬀective value of v; however, the inﬂuence is practically negligible.
The lateralization is followed more closely during expiration and for the lower frequencies (below 300 Hz16 or 600 Hz26 ). In addition, anterior sites show a higher sound intensity than posterior sites. It is likely that the observed asymmetries are related to the eﬀects of (i) localization of the cardiovascular structures on the left side of the major airways and (ii) unsymmetrical geometry of airways. The preferential coupling of the vesicular sounds to the right anterior chest, especially at the lower frequencies, could be explained by the massive mediastinum on the left side, for the mediastinum may attenuate the sound coupling to the left anterior lung (and the left anterior chest).
General Anatomy (Biomechanical Systems Technology, Volume 4) by Cornelius T. Leondes