A simple wooden pipe in 1816, a device has undergone several improvements, the stethoscope has been a doctor's close friend. And in the 200th year of its invention, a digital innovation by a Bengaluru startup holds the promise of bringing it home for the first time.
‘Taal’, has been designed for both the medical professionals and patients to use by MUSEinc, a two-year-old startup. "With many features, it increases accuracy and efficiency for medical professionals and revolutionizes how we look at stethoscopes," said the makers, who wish to keep the technology in the open source, allowing others to make use of it too.
"You simply place it on your chest and let the device do the rest. It's about time we bring the stethoscope into the house," MUSEinc CEO Dr Arvind Badrinarayanan, 30, said.
"The concept is good and I think it will make the stethoscope a household device like glucometer. Digitalization helps enhance accuracy, but we'll have to see how doctors like it," Dr Ajith Benedict Rayan, medical director, Hosmat Hospital, said.
Chief biotechnology officer Sumukh Mysore, 26 said that, Taal has precise sound filtration; it isolates S1 (first heart sound) and S2 sounds from ambient noise, making heartbeats and other internal sounds clearly audible.
Sumukh, while stating they've been consulting several professionals, said: "A couple of doctors from the US are using our device. Dr George Cherian, consultant cardiologist, Narayana Hrudayalaya, had a deep look, gave us advice and lent his digital stethoscope to test against Taal. Jakob Kandlhoft, scientist logistical aid, National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station, Antarctica, will be using it at McMurdo Hospital."
"Taal can also help patients keep track of their heart waves over time, and even allow for reliable remote monitoring of patients with heart conditions," Badrinarayanan said.
"Taal also has modes to switch between heart sounds and other internal sounds," Badrinarayanan said.
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