A team of researchers have developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies – places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death.
“As far as we know this is the first open-source medical device that has been clinically validated and is widely available,” said Dr. Tarek Loubani, associate professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Instituteand an emergency room physician at London Health Sciences Centre.
Loubani spent time working as an ER physician in hospitals in Gaza during wartime when medical supplies were often scarce. “We wanted physicians and allied health care professionals to be able to have something that was high quality. This study found that the acoustic quality was the same in our stethoscope as in a premium brand stethoscope.”
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