Our research on machine learning techniques for automating the detection of valvular heart disease (VHD) was featured on BBC Look East last night.

Our clinical research study, “Cardiovascular Acoustics and an Intelligent Stethoscope” is currently running in five NHS trusts across England, collecting heart sound recordings from patients with VHD. The recruitment at Royal Papworth Hospital was featured in the broadcast (below). The heart sounds are being used to train a machine-learning algorithm that automatically predicts whether a patient has significant VHD based on a stethoscope check alone. The algorithms will be used to create an “intelligent stethoscope” that can be used to screen for VHD in the community, detecting patients at an early asymptomatic stage so they can get treatment at the best possible time.

BBC Look East story on our research project.