Modeling, validation, and vibration reduction in an electronic stethoscope

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the influence of noise and vibration on auscultation with a digital stethoscope. Two types of vibrations, namely inputs through the patient chest and disturbances from the physician, influence the auscultation signal. The goal of this work is to reduce the influence of disturbances from the physician on the stethoscope's digital signal without effectively reducing the coupling between the transducer and the patient's chest. A multi-DOF rigid body vibration model consisting of discrete connected components is developed for a digital stethoscope. The model is experimentally validated and its parameters identified by using a thorax simulator and vibration shaker. The introduction of vibration isolation so as to reduce the influence of physician noise on the transducer is then pursued. It is shown that directly introducing soft foam vibration isolation between the transducer and the rest of the stethoscope structure leads to a reduction in coupling with the patient's chest. On the other hand, if the vibration isolation is introduced between the heavy transducer housing above the transducer and the rest of the stethoscope, then vibration isolation from the physician is achieved with a much less reduction in patient coupling. Experimental results are presented to study the influence of the proposed design changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIndustrial Applications; Modeling for Oil and Gas, Control and Validation, Estimation, and Control of Automotive Systems; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Control System Design; Physical Human-Robot Interaction; Rehabilitation Robotics; Sensing and Actuation for Control; Biomedical Systems; Time Delay Systems and Stability; Unmanned Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Motion Controls; Vibration Analysis and Isolation; Vibration and Control for Energy Harvesting; Wind Energy
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791846209
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2014 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2014Oct 24 2014

Publication series

NameASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2014
Volume3

Other

OtherASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio
Period10/22/1410/24/14

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