Technology ID

Auscultatory Training System and Telemedicine Tool with Accurate Reproduction of Physiological Sounds

Lead Inventor
McKinney, Walter (CDC)
Reynolds, Jeffrey (CDC)
Friend, Kimberly (CDC)
Goldsmith, William (CDC)
Frazer, David (CDC)
Software / Apps
Research Materials
Occupational Safety and Health
Non-Medical Devices
Medical Devices
Consumer Products
Therapeutic Areas
Infectious Disease
Development Stages
Pre-Clinical (in vitro)
Development Status
  • In situ data available (on-site)
  • Prototype
Research Products
Computational models/software
Lead IC
This CDC developed auscultatory training apparatus includes a database of prerecorded physiological sounds (e.g., lung, bowel, or heart sounds) stored on a computer for playback. Current teaching tools, which utilize previously recorded sounds, suffer from the disadvantage that playback environments cause considerable distortion and errors in sound reproduction. For example, to those trainees using such systems, the reproduced respiratory sounds do not “sound” as if they are being generated by a live patient. Moreover, the aforementioned playback distortions often make it difficult for the listener to hear and interpret the subtleties of a recorded respiratory maneuver.

This device includes a software program that allows a user to select prerecorded sounds for playback. The program will also generate an inverse model of the playback system in the form of a digital filter. The inverse model processes a selected sound to cancel the distortions of the playback system so the sound is accurately reproduced. The program also permits the extraction of a specific sound component from a prerecorded sound so only the extracted sound component is audible during playback. In addition to the obvious role of a teaching tool for medical professionals, this invention could have applications as a diagnostic screening and/or telemedicine tool.
Commercial Applications
  • Auscultatory training for health care professionals
  • Telemedicine tool
  • Diagnostic screening comparison and control
Competitive Advantages
  • Accurate, realistic reproduction of in situ physiological sounds
  • Apparatus features noise-cancelling filter to eliminate ambient distortion artifacts during playback
  • Device is extremely portable
  • Allows for isolation and playback of specific elements of a recording
Licensing Contact:
Mitzelfelt, Jeremiah