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The Stethoscope App That Parents Can Use at Home

Dr. Andrew Lin and Dr. Hon Weng Chong have pioneered a new diagnostic device: the smartphone stethoscope. The team’s device, the StethoCloud, allows physicians and parents alike to diagnose pulmonary illnesses like pneumonia. StethoCloud In 2012, the doctors entered their prototype in the Microsoft Australian Image Cup—and won first place. The StethoCloud has come a […]

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The Molecular Stethoscope: RNA Levels in Blood Reveal Health Issues

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a single-strand biological molecule that performs essential roles within every cell of your body. Specifically, RNA plays an essential role in decoding, regulating and expressing genes. Together with DNA, RNA comprises a group of organic substances known as the “nucleic acids.” Nucleic acids, combined with protein, are essential to all known […]

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University of Wisconsin Enabling Young Students through Stethoscope Donations

The stethoscope is a potent symbol to medical school students. The device represents the profession they aspire to, but more than that, the stethoscope remains the most reliable means to diagnose issues with the heart. Medical students around the world wear their stethoscopes proudly around their necks; it’s as much a status symbol as it […]

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SensiCardiac: iPhone App Turns Stethoscope Sounds into Digital Waveform

The SensiCardiac iPhone app from Diacaustic Medical Devices promises to usher in a new era of cardiac auscultation with its incredible new features. The app utilizes baked-in intelligence to analyze heart murmurs—the heart abnormalities that can signal a life-threatening heart defect. Many murmurs are harmless, and it’s up to doctors to tell the difference. When […]

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How Air Spaces Stimy Ultrasound Scanners and Why the Stethoscope Reigns Supreme

The stethoscope is nearing its 200th birthday, and some medical experts believe that it’s time for an upgrade. These individuals maintain that the underpinnings of the stethoscope’s replacement exists: ultrasound technology. Within a few years—a decade, at most—they say, ultrasound technology will be miniaturized. According to these experts, handheld ultrasound devices, reminiscent of the Star […]

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Stethoscope Covers: Attractive Decoration or Bacteria Breeding Ground?

Stethoscope covers allow doctors and nurses to personalize their tools, which can prevent other busy medical professionals from snatching them in hectic work environments. These covers give stethoscopes personality, but they serve a much more important service: they provide a layer of protection against scratches and dings. Called “nurse bling,” by some, covers are more […]

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What’s in a Waveform? Digital Stethoscopes Reveal More

Doctors have for generations diagnosed heart problems with the manual stethoscope, learning over time to recognize the characteristic sound of various heart murmurs. Heart conditions such as the atrial septal defect and the ejection systolic murmur typically sound the same from patient to patient. Still, there is a significant amount of overlap in sound between […]

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The Thinklabs Medical iMurmur App: Teaching Clinicians to Recognize Heart Abnormalities

The digital stethoscope has made it possible for doctors and medical students to record heart sounds in high fidelity and to transmit these sounds in real time if need be. The electronic stethoscope was, for a long time, subject to interference and noise, but innovations from firms like 3M, Thinklabs Medical and Eko Devices have […]

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The Stethoscope and the Internet of Things

The stethoscope has been at the forefront of medical diagnostic science for the entirety of its existence, even while the creation of sophisticated ultrasound technology threatens to change that. Stethoscope manufacturers like 3M, Thinklabs Medical and Eko Devices hope to keep the 200-year-old device relevant by taking advantage of advances in communications technology— specifically, the […]

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