Is the stethoscope becoming obsolete?


Is The Stethoscope Becoming Obsolete?
Is The Stethoscope Becoming Obsolete?

Medical school graduates consider getting a stethoscope a rite of passage, but some are saying the device might be on its way out in favor of the hand-held ultrasound.

'CBS This Morning' reports that the stethoscope is good for listening, but the ultrasound shows an image, which provides a lot more information.

Still, the ability to interpret what those pictures mean could require intensive training, and as WLTX reports, that's not the only downside. The hand-held ultrasound costs thousands, while the stethoscope costs just $25.

Some doctors think it's likely the two devices will be used together.

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