iStethoscope Pro was developed by Peter Bentley as an iPhone Application. We asked to add a feature to the app allowing users to email us their sounds.
We wanted the sounds emailed because we study heart sounds. We study heart sounds, as the ability of some stethoscope users to diagnose is suboptimal. To address this problem, we are developing automated (computerized) ways to classify heart sounds: artificial intelligence systems: neural networks, Fuzzy systems, and Support Vector Machines. Our classification systems are in development and need improvement. Improvement requires us to have access to many more sounds – a larger collection of heart sounds. Adding the “Medical Collection” feature to the iStethoscope iPhone App allows us to obtain a larger collection of sounds.
Sometime in the future, our automated systems will not replace the physician; rather, we hope to offer helpful information, that when added to other information such as the patient history and other physical exam findings, will improve diagnosis of some heart problems.
Our work has a ways to go, and people sending in sounds to us will help our work very much towards our goal.
IMPORTANT: If you have a pacemaker or other device you should never use the iPhone to collect a heart sound. If you have any questions about your health or your heart you should contact your physician - you should not use the iStethoscope as a diagnostic tool to make health decisions.
iStethoscope Pro Medical collection:
iStethoscope Pro is an iPhone App developed by Peter Bentley.
Using the iStethosope Pro iPhone App you may elect to collect your own heart sound and email it to Glenn Nordehn at an email address automatically populating an email when you activate the "Medical Collection" switch. The sounds are emailed to Glenn Nordehn at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth and stored in a de-identified manner. An exemption from the University of Minnesota IRB was received to allow collection of these sounds in this manner.
Read more about the iStethoscope Medical Collection with the sub links fro this iStethoscope Pro Medical Collection link (select drop down menu above).