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Thinklabs electronic stethoscope records heart sounds to iPod

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The Thinklabs ds32a Digital Electronic Stethoscope—which ships with a 2GB iPod nano and XtremeMac Micromemo recording accessory—provides sound amplification for a doctor who might be trying to listen to your heart or lungs as well as the ability to mute volume while you cough. The $495 set can also connect to an iPod for recording and later playback of your heartbeat.
[via CrunchGear]

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1

You have got to be kidding!  Was this supposed to be released on April 1st or something?

Posted by Obadiah on February 7, 2007 at 2:55 PM (CST)

2

WTF!

Posted by iPoder on February 7, 2007 at 3:14 PM (CST)

3

I am surprised it took this long. It is a good idea. I am an EMT in an ER and I think this would be a great teaching tool for health care providers. Properly differentiating the various heart and lung sounds can mean the difference between life and death. It could also be used to record heart and lung sounds in the field for subsequent review by an MD or perhaps become part of the patients medical record. Although traditional acoustic heart monitoring is likely to be replaced or at least supplemented by ultrasonic/Doppler -based stethoscopes.

Posted by Dogman on February 7, 2007 at 3:32 PM (CST)

4

Yeah, but its still stupid.

Posted by brent on February 7, 2007 at 3:37 PM (CST)

5

i can see a couple ways in which this could be useful, but realistically, for that kind of money it makes more sense just to make a machine that does only that rather than a $500 accessory.

Posted by Papa Hobo on February 7, 2007 at 4:32 PM (CST)

6

Yeah, but when you’re done doing the heart thing you can listen to “Love Plus One” by Haircut 100!

Haircut 100!

Posted by Multimoog on February 7, 2007 at 6:45 PM (CST)

7

I agree with Mr. Multimoog. Haircut 100 is the choice of every serious MD.

Maybe they can negotiate for a version with the band’s signatures laser engraved on the ear-pieces.

I think we can expect this to be seen in an upcoming episode of “House”.

Posted by Dopial on February 8, 2007 at 12:42 PM (CST)

8

What’s next Video iPod connectivity for the proctologist ?

Posted by Lee on February 8, 2007 at 12:46 PM (CST)

9

You guys think of this stethoscope in the wrong way. It also amplifies heart and lung sounds for the practitioner who can’t easily hear in a noisy environment, or through layers of fat in an obese patient. Contrary to what you might think, it is very hard to differentiate valvular opening and closing with a traditional stethoscope, especially with background noise.  The IPOD attachment is not necessarily the “selling point” for this tool, although it is a nice perk.

Posted by Lyndie, RN on April 29, 2008 at 6:06 PM (CDT)

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