Fifth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2007)

Florence, Italy
December 13-15, 2007

Early Detection of Voice Diseases Via a Web-Based System

F. Amato (1), Mario Cannataro (1), C. Cosentino (1), A. Garozzo (2), N. Lombardo (2), Claudia Manfredi (3), F. Montefusco (1), G. Tradigo (1), Pierangelo Veltri (1)

(1) School of Biomedical Engineering, Università degli Studi Magna Graecia di Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy
(2) School of Otorhinolaryngology, Università degli Studi Magna Graecia di Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy
(3) Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy

Voice is the result of the coordination of the whole pneumophonoarticulatory apparatus. The analysis of the voice allows the identification of the diseases of the vocal apparatus and currently is carried out from an expert doctor through methods based on the auditory analysis. The paper presents a web-based system for the acquisition and automatic analysis of vocal signals. Vocal signals are submitted by the users through a simple web-interface and are analyzed in real-time by using state-of-the art signal processing techniques, providing first-level information on possible voice alterations. The system offers different analysis functions to the doctors that may analyze suspected cases in detail. The system is currently being tested in the otorhinolaryngologist setting to carry out mass prevention via screening at a regional scale.
Index Terms. Voice Analysis, Otorhinolaryngology

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Amato, F. / Cannataro, Mario / Cosentino, C. / Garozzo, A. / Lombardo, N. / Manfredi, Claudia / Montefusco, F. / Tradigo, G. / Veltri, Pierangelo (2007): "Early detection of voice diseases via a web-based system", In MAVEBA-2007, 29-32.