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Israeli Firm Reportedly Develops World’s Smallest Medical Camera


Posted by Anonymous on November 1, 2009

Test Medigus (Omer, Israel), a company that specialises in developing endoscopic devices and procedures, has teamed up with Tower Semiconductor (Migdal Haemek, Israel) to produce the world’s smallest medical camera, according to a report from Israel21c, a nonprofit news organisation.


Medigus (Omer, Israel), a company that specialises in developing endoscopic devices and procedures, has teamed up with Tower Semiconductor (Migdal Haemek, Israel) to produce the world’s smallest medical camera, according to a report from Israel21c, a nonprofit news organisation. Measuring 1.27 mm in diameter, the device, can be incorporated into endoscopes. Mounted on a disposable endoscope, the camera is cheap to produce, and, therefore, does not need to be sterilised after each use.
The company has sent out samples to various companies and hopes to begin mass distribution in the first quarter of 2010. The demand is already there, says Adi Frish, Chief of Business Development, adding, “We’ve been receiving requests on a large scale from device companies in different fields.”
Frish explains that a further advantage of using the camera is reliability. On an x-ray, doctors can only see black and white components, and with dyes, they see an assemblage of colours. Cameras offer direct visualisation for a much more reliable and complete diagnosis. “Our device will provide physicians with more reliable visualisation data on the status of the patient or organ,” Frish asserts. “It’s direct vision, so you can see the actual lumen, the actual body from the inside.”
Applications for the new camera include treatments for the ear, nose and throat; insertion into the nose, obviates procedures that require the patient to be anaesthetised. In addition, gastroscopy, which currently requires anaesthesia, could become a simple process that takes just a few minutes.
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