Idea Description
Supplementary Information
Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Birmingham Surgeons created endoscope-i an award-winning system that enables the viewing, recording & sharing of HD endoscopic images & videos using an iPhone/iPod. Endoscope-i works with existing endoscopes or supplied as a secured turn-key solution
Overview of Innovation:
Smartphones & tablets are becoming a central technology within clinical care systems for their high definition cameras, brilliant screens, integrated sensors and unlimited software potential.

Originally developed as a simple and cost effective solution to mobile endoscopic HD imaging Endoscope-i can benefit both clinicians and patients across several specialities. To date otolaryngologists, urologists, gynaecologists, orthopaedic physicians, laparoscopic surgeons and anaesthetists are some of the many specialties which benefit from using endoscopes. The superior lighting and optics allow for visualisation of 'hard to reach' areas within the human body. Endoscope-i has been involved in a number of projects globally to facilitate cost effective HD imaging and documentation.

The multiple award winning Endoscope-i is simple to operate and comprises an adapter to connect a medical endoscope to align with the camera of an iOS device (iPhone or iPod). The ‘e-iPro’ app allows the user to calibrate and centre the acquired image and prevents rotation allowing images to be recorded in high definition (HD) video or still images which can be shown to the patients and stored in the patient’s medical record in seconds.

Endoscope-i will fit any endoscope with a 32mm eyepiece, which means the possibilities are endless. A shared endoscopic view was previously the reserve of the privileged few - where they have large expensive stacking systems - Endoscope-i makes this technology available to everyone, at a fraction of the cost and in a more convenient portable format.”
People are surprised to hear that before Endoscope-i, clinicians relied on hand drawn sketches to update patient records.

NB: Data and images are currently distributed via Discussions are ongoing with the Information Commissioners Office to design bespoke data management protocols.

Endoscope-i is available to fit a range of iOS devices and has a multitude of uses which include both clinical and non clinical applications such as:-

HD imaging of the ear nose & throat to allow rapid and easy storage and sharing of images and videos with both patients and clinicians

Portable HD viewing to facilitate endoscopic fibre optic intubations available at any time

Small and large animal endoscopy from the surgery to the field using the most advanced portable camera technology

Carry only one portable device for communication and sharing of images obtained on site
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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