In the ears of an experienced physician, a stethoscope yields important clinical information which can help an initial assessment of a patient’s clinical condition and guide the subsequent need for more specialized exams. This is particularly true in chest Medicine, i.e. Cardiology and Pneumology, which is the reason why the stethoscope still maintains a key position in Medicine in the modern era. Auscultation, however, is a hard skill to master.

The heart sounds are of low frequency and the intervals between events are in the order of milliseconds, requiring significant practice for a human ear to distinguish the subtle changes between a normal and a pathological heart sound...

The use of a digitally enhanced stethoscope, adequate for training physicians to improve their basic skills in diagnosing and treating heart conditions, or as a stronger tool for world-wide screening of specific heart pathologies are but some examples of how state of the art technology can be used horizontally to benefit people at different economical, political or geographical levels. This motivates the key objective of the DigiScope project: develop the prototype of a digitally enhanced stethoscope, capable of automatically extracting clinical features from the collected data, as well as providing a clinical second opinion on specific heart pathologies.