Five Technology Features To Consider When Purchasing A Fiberscope

Posted on: 30 June 2016

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In terms of medical technology advancements, few instruments can compare to a fiberscope. This device offers medical professionals the ability to see inside the human body to diagnose disease, monitor health issues and a host of other applications. All fiberscopes are not the same, particularly when it comes to technology. Here are just some of the important technology features to review before making a selection.

Resolution

The resolution of the fiberscope will determine the level of clarity of the images the instrument produces. Reduced clarity will render a poor quality image, which ultimately defeats the purpose. The level of clarity is determined by the number of pixels that the fiberscope operates with, with a higher number of pixels meaning a clearer image.

CCD Camera

A CCD, or charge coupled device, camera is responsible for capturing images. Generally, all fiberscopes are equipped with this camera feature in order to record the images that are captured while the scope is being used. It's helpful to select a unit with CCD camera functionality that also includes the ability to display the on a PC or other external display so that you can see the images live.

Quartz Fiber

For some fiberscope applications, UV-sensitive dyes are used to help illuminate certain areas and improve the image. If your needs involve this process, make sure you are looking for a unit that is equipped with quartz fibers. Quartz fiber is a technology added to some fiberscopes that is responsible for transmit UV light into the body.

Illumination

Even if you don't necessarily need UV light, how the fiberscope is illuminated is also important. Two of the most popular options include LED and halogen light bulbs. Both of these options produce powerful light, but the LED option will likely come with a little more work because it generally collects dust more easily than halogen, making the sanitation process slightly more involved.

Fiber Optic Image Guide

The image guide is the part of the fiberscope that is inserted and moved about inside the body to capture the image. Flexibility within this area is key in order to capture the images you need and to simplify the process. It's best to choose a scope with an instrument guide that is made with fiber optic materials, as they are more flexible and easier to guide.

A fiberscope is a significant investment and a highly functional piece of equipment. Ensure you are taking your time during the selection process to choose the unit with the necessary technology features to meet your needs.