News | November 13, 2009

Stethoscope Wins Innovation of the Year Award From Popular Science

Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200

November 13, 2009 – Popular Science magazine’s “Innovation of the Year” named the 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 with Zargis Cardioscan software as part of the publication’s annual “Best of What’s New Awards.”

The Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 is the first electronic stethoscope featuring Bluetooth technology, which wirelessly transfers heart, lung and other body sounds from the chestpiece to Zargis Cardioscan or Zargis StethAssist software for analysis. The stethoscope and Cardioscan software combination is designed to help clinicians identify suspected heart murmurs and differentiate between those that should be referred for echocardiography and those that should not, based on guidelines issued jointly by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Based on the software analysis and their own assessment, physicians can then choose to refer patients for an echocardiogram test, which are conclusive, but are also very expensive.

Each year the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year. Breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the Best of What's New — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1987

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