U scope is an FDA-approved, streamlined stethoscope with an ergonomic chest piece and comfortable ear buds
The stethoscope was invented by the physician René Laennec in 1816. The design and function of the stethoscope was further improved over the next 150 years into the well-known, binaural instrument that is used today by healthcare professionals to listen to internal sounds made by the human body. Acoustic stethoscopes, to which most of us are familiar, transmit sounds from a chest piece through a hollow air-filled tube to the user’s ears. The chest piece is 2-sided, consisting of a diaphragm on one side that transmits high frequency sounds and vibrates when placed on the patient’s body, and a bell on the other side that transmits low frequency sounds.
The Japan-based company Classico has redesigned the traditional stethoscope into a more ergonomic and stylish medical device, which they call the U scope. U scope is more streamlined, with a T-shaped auditory tube structure that reduces the pressure on the user’s ears, or ‘doctor’s ear ache’ by 30% and fits comfortably around the neck. The sound quality of U scope is also comparable to that of a conventional stethoscope, and is designed so that sound decay is minimized.
The single bell-style U scope chest piece is sleek and fits naturally to fingers during examination to allow optimal wrist movement for doctors, resulting in better hearing. According to initial reviews from physicians, the stethoscope bell glides easily against both children and adults, and is very user-friendly. U scope is also available with a 2-sided diaphragm/bell chest piece, weighs between 212-220 grams depending on the chest piece style, and can be folded into a lab-coat pocket.
Written by Fiona Wong, PhD