New Soft, Wearable Stethoscope May Make It Easier to Detect COPD

New Soft, Wearable Stethoscope May Make It Easier to Detect COPD

New Soft, Wearable Stethoscope May Make It Easier to Detect COPD Scientists have developed a soft, wearable stethoscope that could make it easier to detect lung abnormalities that are indicative of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The new device was described in a study, “Fully portable continuous real-time auscultation with a soft wearable stethoscope designed for automated disease diagnosis,” published in the journal Science Advances. The technical term for when a clinician listens to the sounds of a person’s heart and lungs is called auscultation. This simple procedure is often the first-line test for detecting lung abnormalities, and is especially important in settings where healthcare resources are limited. “Auscultation has been the most basic and vital diagnostic method in the medical field because it is noninvasive, fast, informative, and inexpensive,” …
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