A modern stethoscope that utilizes artificial intelligence to help doctors make a diagnosis? We were shocked too, until Radhakrishna ‘Krishna’ Jamadagni sat down with us and explained that the stethoscope really hasn't been updated in centuries! During our chat with Krishna, he explained how his company, AiSteth, is innovating the traditional stethoscope.
What was your inspiration for starting the company?
My colleague and I kept toying with some ideas and have failed once or twice before. We kept going at it and realized stethoscopes have not been updated much since the 1800’s. In the last 10 years or so, some improvements in amplified stethoscopes have been made, but nobody has solved the subjectivity issue; it still remains. We started working on that, which led into us making our improved stethoscope.
How does your stethoscope work?
Our stethoscope amplifies sounds, which are then converted into audio files. These audio files are compared to a normal and abnormal heart sound using artificial intelligence. This is how we will be able to give a diagnosis, by correlating heart and lung sounds with and without abnormalities.
How is your improved stethoscope potentially important to the medical field?
We feel that our largest challenge is the subjectivity of what we hear. If two or three people listen to one sound, not everyone will hear the same thing. Different people will not agree on the same sound; that’s the subjectivity of it. If we are able to take away the subjectivity and give the doctor a ‘Hey this is what this abnormality sounds like, and this is what you should screen them for,’ the doctor is much more likely to order the proper tests and follow up procedures, as a result.
What is the significance of the "2-5 year window" related to stethoscopes?
Once a person comes out of their clinical program, medical school or nursing program, we have found that it takes a good two to five years of listening to heart and lung sounds to learn to hear different sounds and correlate them to specific diseases. With this device, we can reduce the training period to almost nothing, and providers can then screen patients more accurately.
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