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Acoustic Pulmonary Imaging

Anyone who has read Jonathan Sterne’s work on audile technique and mediate auscultation (and for those interested in the cultural history of sound reproduction, Sterne’s The Audible Past is a must read) will appreciate the potential of this, a new device that will help aid the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory conditions. According to a Businessweek article, the technology:

works by analyzing acoustic vibrations given off by the lungs. As a patient breathes normally for several seconds, sensors placed on the back—in effect, electronic stethoscopes—pick up these lung vibrations and feed them to a computer, where they’re processed and turned into vivid images.

Hey R.T.H. Laennec! Auscultate closely: Eat it, old-fashioned stethoscope! Boo-yah!

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