The stethoscope chestpeice is a crucial part of the stethoscope for deciding what stethoscope will fit your needs and the needs of your patients. This is the portion of the stethoscope that will make contact with your patient to pick up sounds. A stethoscope chestpiece will either be single head or dual head, with diaphragm side, or diaphragm and bell side.
What is a stethoscope bell and diaphragm? Thinking of every detail to enhance sound quality, we’ve also added a patented design to the stem of the stethoscope chestpiece called the GLS or SoundTight™ Glide-Lock-System™. The GLS will lock the stem of the chestpiece into place, creating a seamless fit and locking in sound, while at the same time allowing the chestpiece to rotate between diaphragm and bell side.
A dual head stethoscope will provide more options for hearing different sound frequencies and may pick up on more subtle sounds. A dual head stethoscope is recommended by most medical programs and is a great choice for your professional career.A single head stethoscope chestpiece is typically most appropriate for taking basic vital sign assessments or infectious disease control, since they may be available in a single use version.
Single head stethoscopes will offer a diaphragm side only for high frequency sounds, or some brands offer dual frequency diaphragms. With a dual frequency diaphragm, you will need to adjust pressure depending on the type of sounds you would like to hear, either high frequency or low which can be difficult, especially if you are not experienced using this type of stethoscope diaphragm.
MDF Instruments® stethoscope chestpieces have a true bell and true diaphragm to eliminate any guess work and increase your efficiency. To activate either side of the chestpiece, simply turn and rotate the stem of the chestpiece. A green dot indicator on the stem will face the side of the chestpiece with the open sound channel.
MDF® has designed the ProCardial® cardiology stethoscope series and MD One® Epoch titanium stethoscope with a convertible chestpiece. The diaphragm and bell side of the stethoscope chestpiece can easily be converted to either a full dual head pediatric stethoscope or infant neo/natal stethoscope. This stethoscope chestpeice feature is perfect for family practitioners, EMT’s and veterinarians, or anyone who needs to be ready for different patients.
The attachment clips are available separately so you can purchase them later when you need them, which is a great option for students or anyone who plans to study or work with an additional speciality.