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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

 Volume 11 (1): 1-9, 2007, Redacted 2018.

Comparison of Noninvasive Biotelemetry Shirt (LifeShirt System) to Whole Body Plethysmography

in African Green Monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops).


MacLarty AM, DVM, MPH, DACVPMa*, Nalca A, MD, PhDa, Roy CJ, MSPH, PhDa


a United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, MD, USA., Present address: Tulane University National Primate Research Center, Covington, LA, USA *Corresponding author Email:




MacLarty AM, Nalca A, Roy CJ. Comparison of Noninvasive Biotelemetry Shirt (LifeShirt System) to Whole Body Plethysmography in African Green Monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) Onl J Vet Res., 11 (1) : 1-9, 2007. Continuous monitoring of physiological parameters such as respiration, ECG, activity, and temperature in large laboratory animals is an important tool for biomedical research and adequate veterinary care in preclinical research. Noninvasive technologies such as jackets and telemetry allow nonhuman primates to be observed in a more natural setting without the use of anesthesia. The LifeShirt system is a clinical, noninvasive, ambulatory monitoring system that provides continuous data collection of respiration, ECG, activity, temperature, and other parameters in unrestrained animals. In this preliminary study, a biotelemetry shirt system was compared to whole body plethysmography for respiratory function parameters in African green monkeys. The data indicated that the biotelemetry shirt system and plethysmography were comparable for respiratory parameters. In conclusion, the use of the LifeShirt system may prove to be very beneficial for continuous respiratory parameter collection in conscious nonhuman primates.


KEYWORDS: Noninvasive biotelemetry, telemetry, Chlorocebus aethiops, African green monkey, respiratory, plethysmography, LifeShirt system.