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Russian Scientists Create a Stethoscope That Can Predict the Development of Coronavirus

Alexander Ryumin / TASS

The Russian company Laeneso, developing the Helsnet National Technology Initiative market, has developed an electronic stethoscope based on artificial intelligence technologies that will allow you to assess your lung conditions at home and detect signs of pneumonia, COVID-19 disease caused by a coronavirus, and other diseases in time. The Information Bureau of the NTI reported this to TASS on Thursday.

The device reads and analyses data that is stored in the application on the phone. The user can share this information with the doctor by email or in a messenger.

“The Russian start-up Laenso of the National Technology Initiative Helsnet market has developed an electronic stethoscope supplemented with artificial intelligence, which allows you to listen to the lungs at home and assess the presence of pathological sounds (wheezing, whistles, etc.), which are signs of pneumonia, including COVID-19, and other diseases, without going to the doctor. The device makes it possible to monitor patients remotely during quarantine, and the doctor does not need to come to them if this device is used. Today, the development of such an application is especially relevant since, in the case of coronavirus, noise in the lungs is one of the important symptoms of the disease,” the NTI was told in Information Bureau.

The device is based on the intellectual analysis of acoustic information that the system extracts from the background noise accompanying the work of the lungs. The device is programmed to search for pathological sounds that indicate the development of inflammation. When determining such signs, the stethoscope recommends that the owner consult a doctor.

“According to the test results, the stethoscope successfully recognizes pathological noises in 73% of cases. The development company is currently negotiating equipment supplies to China, and the first sales are expected in a month,” the agency’s source said.

In the world, the Russian development has some analogues, but “these devices either do not transmit sound wirelessly or do not have a high-quality neural network for analysis,” TASS was told in the department citing the co-founder of Laeneso, Andrey Myaskov.

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