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CP Stethoscope test
University of Hawaii graduate students Ruthsenne Perron, Gui Chao Haung, and Darcy Bibb, together with Dr. Magdy Iskander from the College of Engineering are conducting one of the CP Stethoscope experiments on a computer controlled mannequin at the John A Burns School of Medicine. Credit: Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications, University of Hawaii.

A new tool for the early detection of heart failure

The CP-Stethoscope, proposed by UH startup company MiWa Technologies, is a unique, non-invasive radio-frequency sensor for continuous monitoring of multiple vital signs, including measurement of changes in lung water content for early detection of heart failure and other cardiopulmonary diseases.

The National Science Foundation has published a highlight featuring this UH Manoa research success story on their website.  The NSF credits Magdy Iskander, director of the College of Engineering’s Hawaiʻi Center for Advanced Communications, with inventing this new type of stethoscope that Iskander believes will prompt significant and positive changes for patients suffering from heart failure and other related conditions.

The CP-Stethoscope “attaches to the body surface much like an EKG sensor–there is no need to implant it–and uses a novel radio frequency (RF) sensor to detect small changes in lung water, and monitor vital signs including heart and respiration rate, and stroke volume,” according to the NSF writeup.  Read the full NSF story by clicking here.

The most important thing is that we believe it will help save lives,” Iskander told NSF. “But it also will almost certainly result in big savings in health care costs.”

The MiWa Technologies team also recently won first place in the 2014 UH Business Plan Competition.  The team includes Iskander and electrical engineering graduate students Ruthsenne Perron, Gui Chao Huang and Darcy Bibb. Contributing to the development of the business plan was Matt Amore, a Shidler College of Business undergraduate student (read more).