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Surgical Endoscopes & Surgical Camera Systems

Today’s surgical procedures are pushing medical device technology to the limits. Device providers need to incorporate HD cameras for superior imaging. Furthermore, a high-quality live feed and video recording are now integrated in most surgical procedures. Surgical camera systems have become part of the surgeons’ toolkit.

Analysis of the business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals important trends. Recent data indicates that amid the pandemic, the global market for medical cameras is now estimated at $3B and projected to increase to $5B by 2027. Interestingly, the surgical-camera-system segment is projected to increase at 7.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next 7-year period.

Additional considerations for healthcare organizations are recent FDA directives and CDC guidance. There is an urgent need to reduce risk of disease transmission, i.e., via disposable components. With this growing demand for single-use devices, cost-effectiveness is more of a factor than ever for surgical endoscopes.

The Advantage of Customized Surgical Camera Systems

Camera heads have become miniaturized for endoscopic surgery. Yet devices often range from 1.5-3.0mm in diameter and off-the-shelf units lack in versatility.

The micro ScoutCam™ is the world’s smallest medical device camera, 1.0mm tiny camera head including illumination. There is over two decades of clinical experience covering the company’s customizable core technology for surgical endoscope cameras, which are suitable for reusable as well as single-use/disposable devices. Superior views of insertion, combined with high performance even in narrow lumens can help avoid channel tissue damage during surgical procedures.

Clinical Applications in Endoscopic Surgery

Customized micro camera solutions assure utmost precision for surgical devices for a wide range of clinical applications, including integrated technologies for robotic-assisted surgery [phrasing per DaVinci]. (ScoutCam technology was selected by NASA and integrated in several robot-assisted missions in the International Space Station.)

The micro ScoutCam can be customized and integrated in devices according to the unique needs of each surgical specialty, such as cameras for bronchoscopy, ENT, dentistry, gastroenterology, general surgery, cardiology, gynecology, urology, and orthopedics. These include surgical procedures involving ablative, suction, irrigation, tacking/fixation (e.g., hernia repair, lung endoscopy, knee arthroscopy camera). For gastro enterology, capsule endoscopy is useful for GI diagnostics (especially for patients who refuse conventional gastroscopy/colonoscopy). However, clinicians often need the full flexibility of surgical endoscopes during a procedure — to take a biopsy, cauterize a bleeding lesion when encountered, or zoom-in to take a closer look at the lumen on-demand.

Benefits

Surgical endoscope providers can benefit from customized solutions that utilize clinically proven miniature cameras with full integration of the latest micro endoscopic camera technology and related components:

  • Integrated illumination allows for high-quality imagining while maintaining small diameter from 1mm in single-use and multi-use micro cameras

  • Patented system for integrated irrigation of camera head, reducing overall diameter and streamlining the endoscopic process

  • Waterproof construction enables a wide array of investigations in wet environments

  • Single-use design via integrated irrigation and illumination systems

  • Wireless transmission ideal for OR use via option for zero latency wireless video transmission – RF protected and resistant to magnetic fields

Tiny Surgical Camera Systems with Massive Flexibility

Tailored micro-visualization solutions for procedures requiring surgical camera systems are based on flexible “building blocks” consisting of the core in-house technology and complementary components:

  • Micro CMOS sensors include proprietary and off-the-shelf, high-resolution miniature sensors from 40Kpx to HD

  • Proprietary optic designs and micro-lenses assembly

  • High-end DSP video processors providing optimal image quality

  • Endoscopes – Leading types including rigid, semi-flexible, steerable and flexible endoscopes

  • Superior illumination using FO or LED

  • Ultrasound Option for guidance into position when visibility is not possible

  • Long, lightweight cables with cable diameter of 0.58 mm and cable-length of up to 30m+

  • Procedure-specific tools (versus generic scopes with tools for every procedure) lower the cost and make the procedure achievable to all

Partnering with leading medical equipment providers, ScoutCam is refining the quality of health care through visual solutions that are less invasive and smaller than ever before.

Contact us to learn more about solutions for surgical endoscope providers.