Innovation Watch

Flexicam

Inline’s Flexicam and Flexicam Mobile

We’re keeping an eye on the ongoing development of Inline’s new Flexicam and Flexicam Mobile medical camera systems. The innovation in this case is the use of a camera base unit with interchangeable exam tips or probes.  The hand-held camera includes an LED bulb, eliminating the need for a separate light box.  We had the opportunity to experiment with both the Flexicam and the Flexicam Mobile systems. The only difference between the two is the method of viewing and storing images; both use the same cameras and exam probes. 

The Flexicam Mobile is an all-in-one unit in a portable case. The exam camera and scopes are stored in movement-resistant foam casings, and the entire system can be packed and carried like a briefcase.  The lid of the case, when opened, reveals an integrated screen for live display of the subject image.  Captured pictures and videos are saved via USB port to a thumb drive. 

The Flexicam consists of an external box which provides the image and video capturing capabilities.  It is meant to be connected to a laptop, a PC with a monitor, or to a telemedicine cart for the purposes of viewing and storage.

The tips/probes available are an otoscope probe, a sinus probe, a dental probe, a general imaging probe, a dermatology probe, an ophthalmoscope with a focusing ring, and an adaptor for commercially available endoscopy attachments. We found the image quality to be on par with other clinical-grade devices, and found no difference in image quality when using either Inline system.

Both systems allowed us choose an image file format when storing images. Still-image formats include .tiff, .png, .jpeg, and DICOM, and video formats include .mpeg and DICOM.

The images we selected for this Innovation Watch were captured using the general exam tip, the dermatology tip, and the otoscope. White balancing was simple, done with the push of a button, and was performed whenever we changed the scope type.  Lighting output was set to the highest level, and the images were taken in the same location of the lab for consistent ambient light.  We shot images both with and without the optional “anti-blur” setting, but found the images clinically accurate in both scenarios.

To demonstrate the magnification quality of the camera unit, see the gallery images of a healing wound at various distances.  Note the arrows in the non-magnified image named “Flexicam General Exam 2” (Image 9 of 16, taken with the general imaging tip). You can see the circle impression on the subject’s skin left by the dermatology tip while taking the picture.  The image named “Flexicam Dermatology Probe 3” (Image 7 of 16) is taken with the dermatology tip, showing the macro version of that very small scab. The dermatology tip provides magnification of 45x, and we found the small images magnified quite clearly.

PRODUCT FEATURES – Flexicam

http://www.inline.com.au/flexicam

 

PRODUCT FEATURES – Flexicam Mobile

http://www.inline.com.au/FlexicamMobile

 

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