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Imaging that improves patients’ experiences

At Aptina, we believe we’re the pre-eminent imaging solutions company in the world. We have the most comprehensive portfolio of CMOS imagers, image processors, and wafer-level solutions around. And we believe in providing unparalleled customer service.

Maybe it’s our affinity for our customers and their Aptina experience that draws us to medical imaging solutions. To us, medical imaging solutions are all about improving the patient’s experience. That’s why we provide small, low-power, cost-effective imaging solutions that you—our customer—use to design cool, minimally invasive endoscopes, colonoscopes, gastroscopes and more. Read on to learn more about how you can partner with us to develop tomorrow’s smaller, more sanitary medical imaging scopes.

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About the patients’ concerns

Endoscopy, hysteroscopy, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, duodenoscopy, bronchoscopy, video rhinolaryngoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy are the names for just a few of the millions of medical procedures patients endure each year as their doctors seek to diagnose gastrointestinal, vaginal, and pulmonary symptoms.

Each of these diagnostic procedures is necessary, and the information each provides can ultimately benefit a patient. But, except for the most advanced pill cameras, these procedures are almost always invasive, requiring a portion of the scope or instrument to penetrate the body. Put simply, they’re all unpleasant, uncomfortable, and generally scary.

So, how can you design diagnostic scopes that are less invasive, more comfortable and, frankly, less scary? We can help, with image sensors that can reduce heat, reduce scope size, and add a new level of safety.

The heat issue

Temperature, heat in particular, is one of the three major worries when designing for medical scopes. Electronics, like it or not, generate heat. When that heat is emanating from the portion of the scope probing a patient’s body, it can be very uncomfortable. CMOS imaging solutions require few electronics and generally use less power than most other medical imaging options and, thus, generate less irritating heat.

The size issue

It almost goes without saying that the smaller a scope’s tube is the less invasive the procedure is. We’ve developed extremely small image sensors, including a 1/11-inch VGA sensor that is small and relatively high resolution. This and other teensy image sensors can reduce the overall tube size of a digital endoscope.

The safety issue

Currently, endoscopes of all kinds are reused. That means that when one patient’s procedure ends the endoscope’s tube is sent off for cleaning and then returned to the hospital for reuse on the next patient. While this cleaning process is very thorough, it still requires the instrument to be reused, creating the opportunity, however slim, of patient-to-patient contamination. Low-cost CMOS image sensors, which cost about the same as having a traditional tube cleaned, make disposable scope tubes possible. Disposable scope tubes are not reused; rather, each patient is assured of a sanitary and sterile instrument, free from cross contamination.

A pill of a solution

For several years, we’ve been working with Yoqneam, Israel-based Given Imaging as they’ve developed advanced PillCam™ capsule endoscopes, which are helping doctors determine the cause of many symptoms. Rather than being inserted into a patient, Given’s tiny PillCam is simply swallowed. Then the PillCam captures images from a patient’s gastrointestinal tract as it travels through the body and transmits the images to a computer for diagnosis.

Features

Low Light Sensitivity
You can be sure that for most forms of diagnostic endoscopy, the imager you choose will have to operate in low light (low lux) conditions. Because of our superior manufacturing processes, we offer some of the industry’s best low light CMOS imaging solutions. Learn more about low light sensitivity.