High-tech for Fido's heart

March 2, 2018
Mindy Valcarcel, Editor, Medicine Channel Director
Mindy Valcarcel, Editor, Medicine Channel Director

Mindy Valcarcel is the Medicine Channel Director for dvm360.com, Vetted and dvm360 magazine.

A wireless, AI-enabled veterinary stethoscope boldly goes where (you know the rest).

(All images courtesy of M3DICINE)

We're getting closer to Star Trek tech when it comes to collecting veterinary patients' vital signs all the time-you know, holding up a medical device and capturing the data digitally. The newest entrant? Stethee Vet, an AI-enabled stethoscope from M3DICINE.

A part of the Stethee line of products, this model is optimized for your furry veterinary patients by reducing the amount of background noise from said fur. Just hold the wireless device to a patient's chest and listen. The device connects via Bluetooth to an enabled device or wired headphones, providing real-time heart and lung sounds.

To observe changes over time, the company created an AI system called Aida. All data are recorded in the Stethee Vet app, and the technology can even be used for at-home monitoring, bringing telemedicine to life.

Take it from Ashley Saunders, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology), a veterinary cardiologist at Texas A&M, who stated in a company release, “It is routine for primary care veterinarians to acquire second opinions on diagnostic tests that can be easily transferred digitally to a specialist, and Stethee Vet makes this possible with heart and lung sounds. The ability to store these sounds and associated phonocardiograms means that, as with other diagnostic tests like bloodwork, auscultation findings can be monitored over time and potentially help with the assessment of disease progression and response to therapy.”

Although currently out of stock, get on the waiting list for this one, folks. And since the AI system is named Aida, let's close with a quote from the Broadway musical of the same name:

Radames: Is this the latest fashion?

Amneris: It is now.