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New Emirates Medical Journal


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ISSN (Online): 0250-6882

Research Article

A Simple Laptop-based Phonocardiography System: A Novel and Inexpensive Instrument for Research and Clinical Use

Author(s): D John Doyle *

Volume 2 , Issue 1 , 2021

Published on: 11 May, 2020

Page: [31 - 37] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/0250688201999200511134108

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Background: Cardiac auscultation is a frequent first step in diagnosing heart disorders. However, the lack of dependability of ordinary auscultation in the hands of inexperienced clinicians remains a problem.

Objectives: We sought to develop an inexpensive system for digital cardiac auscultation (digital phonocardiography) using a Windows laptop computer, freely downloadable software and an inexpensive USB microphone.

Description: The system, based on the free open-source Audacity software package, offers advanced features such as phonocardiogram storage and retrieval, low-pass and high-pass waveform filtering and variable-speed signal playback with pitch preservation.

Results: Sample results for both raw and digitally filtered phonocardiograms are provided.

Conclusion: An innovative laptop-based phonocardiogram system offering advanced features can be easily produced at minimal cost.

Keywords: Audio signal processing, Audacity audio software package, Digital phonocardiography, Digital signal processing, Heart sounds, Phonocardiogram.

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