Ultrascope Models - What’s the Difference?

At first glance, all Ultrascopes might just look the same. But as with all kinds of equipment used by medical professionals, there are many kinds that suit different situations and different kinds of patients.

Single Stethoscope

The Single Ultrascope is a pressure-sensitive stethoscope with a single-sided chestpiece, and would be considered a “normal stethoscope” that most providers carry.. It has an adjustable or tunable diaphragm that allows the user to hone in on different sound frequencies without needing to flip the chestpiece over. It’s a true workhorse model that will often serve as the point of reference for comparing these different kinds of stethoscopes.

This stethoscope is great for medical professionals who often deal with cardiovascular conditions, as this stethoscope will allow them to easily adjust the diaphragm to listen for lung, heart, and bowel sounds. This is also a versatile option for any healthcare professional that treats adults with common medical conditions.

The Single Stethoscope can be used for human and animal patients and comes in both a pediatric and adult size.

Duo Stethoscope

The Duo Stethoscope looks a lot like the Single Stethoscope but offers an additional feature: the ability to switch between stethoscope heads.

Given the capacity for multiple stethoscope heads, you can choose to have one head for adult patients, and a smaller head for pediatric patients. Like the Single Stethoscope, these heads also have pressure-sensitive, tunable diaphragms that allow for quick and easy adjustment for listening to different frequencies, even in noisy environments. This stethoscope can also be used on human or animal patients.

This is the stethoscope for medical professionals who deal with patients of different sizes or ages. To switch heads, all you have to do is unscrew the head connectors and attach the head of your choice. This is also a great option for those who just enjoy having multiple stethoscope designs on hand.

Extended Stethoscope

The Extended Stethoscope differs from the previous kinds in one key aspect: the option of extending the tubing on your stethoscope.

A standard stethoscope has a length of about 30 inches. With an Extended Stethoscope, you have a tubing extension that increases the total length to about 51 inches, making it nearly double the standard length. The tubing extension is optional to use, so you can easily switch between the standard and extended length as called for by the situation or patient.

What can you do with this extra tubing length? You can reach all areas of large animals or larger, obese patients. You can even use this stethoscope in extreme cold. Through a gloved hand, you can listen to this stethoscope in sub-zero temperatures, making this a viable option for the toughest situations.

Classic Stethoscope

The Classic Stethoscope is very similar to the Single Stethoscope but differs in how it delivers sound to the user’s ears. Like the Single Stethoscope, it has a pressure-sensitive diaphragm on a single-sided chestpiece that is great for picking up sounds of different frequencies. Unlike the Single Stethoscope, however, the Classic Stethoscope has two tubes emanating from the chestpiece, with each tube delivering individual sound to the left and right ear, respectively.

The Classic Stethoscope can be a great choice for medical professionals who are hard of hearing or have hearing issues. Sounds travel to each ear separately, giving you better and more focused sound quality. Note that hearing aids must be taken out when using this stethoscope. This stethoscope, like the others above, may also be used on human or animal patients.

Teaching Stethoscope

The Teaching Stethoscope may look similar to the Classic Stethoscope, but its two tubes serve a different purpose. These tubes emanating from the chestpiece allow two users to use it at the same time: a teacher, as the name suggests, and a student.

Like all the stethoscopes previously mentioned, the Teaching Stethoscope also has a single-sided chestpiece with an adjustable diaphragm. The advantage of the Teaching Stethoscope is that it allows instructors to hear what students are hearing in real-time. This is great for academic environments where aspiring medical professionals are taught and tested on their auscultation skills. Having separate tubings is also great for hygiene, as the eartips don’t have to be shared between users.

Is One Kind Better Than Another?

There is no single best kind of stethoscope applicable to everyone. Your choice of stethoscope will depend on a variety of factors.

Evaluate your field or profession. A doctor and a nurse might work in the same hospital but use different kinds of stethoscopes because they have different needs. Medical and nursing students will get a lot of mileage out of the Single Stethoscope, which is versatile enough for most situations. Paramedics and veterinarians are often in loud environments that will require good ambient noise reduction out of their stethoscopes. Acrylic stethoscope heads are great for reducing ambient noise. The stethoscope is not only a diagnostic tool but also a teaching tool. Physicians that teach would definitely benefit from having a Teaching Stethoscope for auscultation lessons.

Determine what kinds of patients and situations you often deal with. If you handle patients of all ages and sizes, the Duo Stethoscope would be ideal so you have one adaptable tool that can always get the job done. The Duo Stethoscope is great for primary care physicians, professionals in family care and emergency care, and veterinarians. If you often treat large patients or large animals, an Extended Stethoscope would help you reach the necessary places while still giving your patients space.

How’s your hearing? If you have hearing issues, the Single Stethoscope or the Classic Stethoscope could be for you. If you find that the Single Stethoscope doesn’t perform well, the Classic Stethoscope is your best option for delivering great sound to your ears.

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