A new stethoscope – the Littmann 3200 – is now available which is the first to enable Bluetooth transfer of sounds to software for storage and further analysis.
Complementary software has been developed which allows the visualisation, manipulation and slowing down of auscultated sounds to allow focus on particular areas of interest. Being able to store recordings electronically enables comparison with future auscultations and also allows them to be sent easily for second opinion.
The new stethoscope, which has been developed by 3M, comes with its patented ambient noise reduction technology, which cancels out an average 85% of distracting backgkround noise. The StethAssist software has been developed by Zargis Medical Corp.