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Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

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A doctor using a stethoscope to listen to a young boy's chest.

Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope is being threatened by new technologies.


New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone apps.

Advocates say these devices are as easy to use as stethoscopes, but allow doctors to monitor the body in motion and to visualize leaky valves and other problems.

Medical students at Indiana University continue to learn stethoscope skills, but also receive training in hand-held ultrasound in a program launched last year by Dr. Paul Wallach.

Wallach created a similar program five years ago at the Medical College of Georgia, and predicts hand-held ultrasound devices will become part of a routine physical exam within a decade.

From Associated Press 
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