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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 2 (1995), Issue 4, Pages 237-240
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/1995/530989
Diagnostic Technology

Teleauscultation: Bringing You to the Bedside

Hans Pasterkamp, Ignacio Sanchez, and Yunes Oh

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A custom-made device was used for the acquisition, digitization, compression, storage and telephone transmission of respiratory sounds and airflow data. Acoustical information from two patients at a small community in rural Manitoba was sent over a distance of 500 km via conventional telephone lines. Digital transmission left the respiratory sounds unaffected by telephone line noise. Data processing by computer at the receiving site provided more detail than would have been available on conventional auscultation. This new method for teleauscultation could be of value not only in remote areas but also for the surveillance of patients at home in urban settings.