A redesigned twenty first century version of the stethoscope involves a traditional stethoscope and a 1 channel ECG in a single device. Consequently doctors can see PCG (phonocardiogram) and eventually hear in parallel sounds and murmurs. ECG tracking helps the correct identification of acoustic signals.
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The stethoscope device is already 200 years old, but we can still see it around every doctor’s neck. Not many devices remain in this profession having such a long life or usefulness. But no matter what doctors hear with a stethoscope, it is not always enough to make a perfect diagnosis – it can form the perfect basis of further investigations though, which can reveal the cause of abnormal or irregular heartbeats. Although there is 200 years of history and development behind this device, it is still possible to upgrade the stethoscope with the opportunities provided by modern technology. It is known that more than half of the deaths in civilized countries are caused by cardiovascular diseases.
Unfortunately, the currently available tools are still not able to predict the increased cardiological risks. Our development gives a modernized solution of this emblematic symbol of the medical profession into professional hands to solve the problem. The stethoscope armed with modern inventions can become a preventive tool that can help the work of every doctor, and with which they are happy to replace their traditional instruments. In our device the latest technologies are combined. The stethoscope and the ECG in a single tool makes easier the separation of heart sounds and murmurs, identify the timing and envelopes of their components. Beyond these features the records are stored electronically.
Our device combines the latest technologies. The stethoscope and ECG are uniquely present in a single tool, so the physician can hear and see the heartbeats simultaneously. This extraordinarily contributes to the accurate diagnosis. The built-in amplifier and noise filter technology can help doctors hear the different sounds more clearly and separately. The sounds are digitized by the device immediately, so they can be used for tele-monitoring purposes. This will allow physicians to remotely hear and compare heartbeats to ECG using wireless technology or the Internet.
The currently available devices on the market measure heart sounds, lung sounds and ECG separately. For this reason, there is no solution as yet to compare real-time ECG signals with the real-time heartbeat. Moreover, these separate devices are very expensive and therefore unsuitable for home monitoring.
Our technology’s algorithm indicates when abnormal heart beats are detected, preventing any abnormality from going unnoticed. Development allows the doctors to examine murmurs and frequency ranges that would not be possible during an ordinary stethoscope examination.
All examinations are digitized and recorded in the system, so the records can be reviewed any time. With the help of special algorithms and the analysis system, doctors can also examine the sounds using a variety of charts. They have the opportunity to carefully scrutinize the records even after the test in slow motion.
The audio signals are always displayed together with the ECG measurement results, which are currently not possible with other devices. The merger of the two tests give much more accurate, more thorough and more reliable test results.
The new techniques can very well complement the traditional stethoscope, which is still a dominant and indispensable tool in the hands of physicians.
Meanwhile we pay great attention to current technological innovations in order not to change the shape and the look of this device being such an emblematic tool. Pediatricians in rural areas can benefit from the early detection of septal defects in newborn babies.