Every year millions of people die from pneumonia. According to statistics, about 16 percent of deaths among children under 5 are associated with pneumonia. This indicator is particularly high in the countries where high-skilled specialist and X-ray devices are lacking to diagnose the disease.
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University have attempted to overcome this problem. The "intelligent" stethoscope created by them will not only facilitate the work of physicians, but will also enable them to detect the disease independently in the absence of a physician.
Innovative device differs from traditional analogs with two functions. The first function is to reduce the volume. The new stethoscope-integrated algorithms detect heartbeat and sounds, reducing their voice so that the doctor can hear the breathing better.
The second function is to diagnose the device in the absence of a doctor. The device has the ability to analyze sounds in the lungs and determine the presence of pneumonia at 87% accuracy.