iStethoscope: a demonstration of the use of mobile devices for auscultation

Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1256:293-303. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2172-0_20.


iStethoscope Pro is the first piece of software (an "App") produced for iOS devices, which enabled users to exploit their smartphones, music players, or tablets as stethoscopes. The software exploits the built-in microphone (and supports externally added microphones) and performs real-time amplification and filtering to enable heart sounds to be heard with high fidelity. The software also enables the heart sounds to be recorded, analyzed using a spectrogram, and to be transmitted to others via e-mail. This chapter describes the motivation, functionality, and results from this work.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Auscultation / instrumentation*
  • Auscultation / methods
  • Cell Phone / instrumentation*
  • Heart Sounds / physiology
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Software*
  • Stethoscopes*
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*
  • Telemedicine / methods