Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The lung flute

Not exactly a musical instrument, but I want one.

Today, doctors in Japan use the $40 Lung Flute as a tool to collect sputum from patients suspected of carrying tuberculosis, and in Europe and Canada it’s used to help test phlegm for lung cancer. Clinical trials in the U.S. have shown that it is at least as effective as current COPD treatments. At press time, Hawkins expected the device to receive FDA approval any day, and says the reusable device could also provide home relief for patients with cystic fibrosis, influenza and asthma.
I suppose you'll need a prescription. Via Reynolds.

Update: keep up with current developments at Medical Acoustics.

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