24/08/2009

First Electronic Stethoscope with Bluetooth Wireless Capability

3M introduced the 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200, featuring Bluetooth technology that wirelessly transfers heart, lung and other body sounds to software for further analysis.

 

3M has collaborated with Connecticut-based Zargis Medical to develop two companion software packages, Zargis Cardioscan software and Zargis StethAssist software exclusively for the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200.

 

Zargis Cardioscan software when paired with the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 guides the clinician through four main cardiac sites, then after approximately one minute, indicate whether or not the patient possesses a suspected diastolic or systolic murmur—and whether or not the murmur is suspected to be a Class I indication for echocardiography referral.

 

Zargis StethAssist softwarewhen paired with the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200, allows clinicians to visualize heart, lung and other body sounds, play recordings at slow speeds to hear more clearly, and save recordings for comparison to future auscultations.

 

StethAssist and Cardioscan recordings and related patient notes can be stored electronically and later sent to a colleague for a second opinion.