By Andrew Liszewski
Well here’s an iPod accessory I’ve definitely never seen at my local Apple store. Thinklabs makes this stethoscope recording package that uses a 2Gb iPod Nano in conjunction with the XtremeMac MicroMemo iPod recording unit and of course a ds32a Digital Stethoscope. All together the package allows a physician to record and playback heart sounds even in noisy environments or when the sounds are faint thanks to built-in audio amplification and noise reduction. Without the stethoscope attached it can also be used for general dictation or recording lectures.
The ds32a is a diagnostic stethoscope with unsurpassed natural sound quality. User-friendly design and 50X Amplification provides the power to adjust for faint heart sounds, obese patients, or noisy environments. Outstanding performance and ease-of-use for every clinician, with uncompromised features for advanced users. From BP to ED to ICU, from heart and lung exams to iPod recording, the ds32a does it all.
As for the price since the unit is designed for hospital use which I can only assume means it has to be of a certain level of quality and reliability the whole kit will set you back $495.