Earlier this month, Dr. Steven Palter of Docinthemachine reported on his exclusive look at a new disposable HD endoscopic video camera made by Olive Medical out of Sandy, UT. According to the company, the camera has 1080p resolution and will cost around $300 once regulatory clearance has been obtained. The unit is currently not yet FDA approved.
Recently, Medgadget posted two videos from Olive, one made with a "market-leading endoscopic camera" and the other with the new disposable HD cam. According to Medgadget, Olive will not reveal which video is the disposable camera. Take a look and see if you can tell the difference.
According to Dr. Palter, Olive Medical says the system uses a native HD imaging sensor chip, which makes this the first surgical camera system to do so. As Dr. Palter explains, all other HD systems do not natively sense in 1080p, but rather employ post-imaging processing to upscale and modify the image. This camera includes integrated still image capture software, so hospitals would not have to purchase another $10,000 to $30,000 box, although the camera does come with less features.
Additional specifications from the company include :
- Full 1080p Video Output
- 2 DVI and 2 HDMI Outputs
- Touch Screen LCD Interface
- Integrated Storage of 40 Images
As Dr. Palter reports, Olive would provide the camera control box to a facility and camera heads would be purchased per use. The company also says they intend to accept cameras back after use of reprocessing.
Until now, Dr. Palter says, disposable or reposable systems have not been attractive to facilities because of the price. However, the recent shut-down of common OR scope-camera disinfection systems by the FDA has forced facilities to re-examine their sterilization processes and the idea of a disposable endoscopic camera is back on the table.
Further testing is needed on the camera before it will become available for hospital's ORs.