Contactless Diseases Diagnoses Using Wireless Communication Sensing: Methods and Challenges Survey

Najah Abed Abu Ali, Mubashir Rehman, Shahid Mumtaz, Muhammad Bilal Khan, Mohammad Hayajneh, Farman Ullah, Raza Ali Shah

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Respiratory illness diagnosis and continuous monitoring are becoming popular as sensitive markers of chronic diseases. This interest has motivated the increased development of respiratory illness diagnosis by exploiting wireless communication as a sensing system. Several methods for diagnosing a respiratory illness are based on multiple sensors and techniques. Depending on whether the device embeds the sensor in contact with the body or not, these techniques are commonly categorized as contact based or contactless. Contactless methods have gained increasing popularity due to their ubiquitous nature, non-intrusiveness, and low cost. However, contactless methods are difficult to implement, with several challenges such as dynamic wireless communication environments. This article comprehensively reviews all contactless respiratory illnesses using wireless communication sensing methods, their associated challenges, and issues. In addition, applications of respiratory illness diagnosis methods using wireless communication are provided to investigate each method’s potential development and applicability. Continuous and accurate diagnosis of respiratory illness using wireless communication sensing systems can assist caregivers in enhancing the care quality and bestowing patients with more freedom for both inpatients and outpatients. Furthermore, wireless communication monitoring systems could lead to treatment plans remotely more effectively, decrease the duration of patient stays in medical facilities, and reduce overall treatment costs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 24 2024


  • RF sensing
  • Wi-Fi-based
  • camera based
  • radar based
  • software-defined radio based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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