Fiona and Boitumelo’s electronic stethoscope

Fiona and Boitumelo’s electronic stethoscope

I recently had the opportunity to interview Fiona Oloo and Boitumelo Mantji, two young African women who worked on a prototype for an electronic stethoscope. The two saw the need for designing, building and testing an electronic stethoscope, whose design will enhance the audio capability of an acoustic stethoscope, including data logging and a phonogram.

The prototype performs all the basic functionalities of existing electronic stethoscopes, but it is more cost effective as it can be produced with a minimal budget.  In addition, it includes a feature for sound extraction which can identify the origin of various internal bodily sounds that is, the heart, lungs and gastrointestinal sounds.

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