Earlier this week we mentioned the Video Scout, what we thought was a small video camera, at only 3mm in diameter. Now we learn of a product from Medigus of Omer, Israel that is less than half the size of the Video Scout. The IntroSpicio 120 CMOS camera has a 1.2mm diameter, but unlike the Video Scout requires external illumination to guide its path. Israel’s business newspaper Globes is now reporting that Voyage Medical out of Redwood City, CA (we can’t find website link) has purchased $6.5 million worth of these cameras to implement in the firm’s upcoming cardiovascular angioscopes.
From Globes [online]:
The camera employs a CMOS sensor developed by TowerJazz Ltd., and which is manufactured at the company’s Fab2 in Midgal Ha’Emek using Tower’s 0.18-micron CMOS image sensor process.
Medigus said that, in a global first, its camera will make it possible to insert a camera directly into the heart through the blood vessels, enabling Voyage Medical’s proprietary endoscope to image heart tissue in real time and while performing procedures.
Specifications from the IntroSpicio 120 brochure:
System Components: 1.2mm (outer-diameter) camera, head with optics plus video, processor unit Image pick-up device: CMOS Effective pixels: 49,280 Resolution: 220H x 224V Video outputs: NTSC, VGA System Functions: Gain, White Balance, Automatic Gain, Control, Red/Blue Enhancement, Brightness, Zoom, Freeze, Print, Save – 4 images, (additional memory – optional). Power Supply: AC100-240V 50/60Hz Field of View: 100° Dimensions: <Camera head> Shape: circular, Outer-diameter: 1.2mm, Length: 5mm
<Camera cable> Length: up to 3 meters
<Video processor box> 300mm(W)x70m(H)x250mm(D)