IStethoscope

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About this medical device
Istethoscope.jpg
Status Commercialized
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in England
Replicated in Europe
Health topic Cardiovascular diseases
Maternal mortality
Child mortality
Health classification Diagnosis
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

While regular stethoscopes can pick up heartbeats, they do not record the data automatically; stethoscopes are also an extra device for doctors to carry around.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The iStethoscope is a mobile app able to pick up a heartbeat by using an iPhone’s built-in microphone. It can record and play back eight seconds of heartbeat, and display a phonocardiograph and a spectrogram, which can then be emailed to a specialist. This allows doctors to have the capability to accurately hear a heartbeat at all times without having to carry around a stethoscope. It also would allow less trained medical workers to record their patients’ heartbeats and send it to a doctor for consultation.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Peter Bentley
  • Manufacturer location: University College London

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

It’s currently being used in UK hospitals.

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

  • "IStethoscope Pro by The Undercover Scientist." Peter Bentley Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. Link Available here

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

  • "IStethoscope: The IPhone App Which Is Already Replacing the Real Thing in Hospitals." Mail Online. N.p., 31 Aug. 2010. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. Link Available here