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Time to Retire the Stethoscope?

Scripps researchers embrace pocket ultrasound as alternative

Scripps study validates pocket ultrasound device that enables a physician to “look” at a patient’s heart.

The Vscan pocket ultrasound performs bedside echocardiograms.

The medical journal The Lancet recently published a Perspectives column by Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) Director Eric Topol, MD, and Paddy Barrett, MD, that highlighted to benefits of using new pocket ultrasound devices in place of a stethoscope during routine examinations of a patient’s heart.


The cardiologists noted that 2016 is the 200th anniversary of the creation of the stethoscope.


Read The Lancet column: The Art of Medicine: To Truly Look Inside

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