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Modeling, Validation, and Vibration Reduction in an Electronic Stethoscope

[+] Author Affiliations
Garrett Nelson, Rajesh Rajamani, Arthur Erdman

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Paper No. DSCC2014-6197, pp. V003T46A005; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/DSCC2014-6197
From:
  • ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Industrial 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
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, October 22–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4620-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME

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.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Modeling , Vibration

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