Latest in Gear

Image credit: OmniVision

OmniVision wins Guinness World Record for its tiny medical image sensor

The ultra small device is cost effective and more comfortable for patients.
194 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

OmniVision

OmniVision is the new holder of the Guinness World Record for the smallest commercially available image sensor. The tiny device (pictured above in a camera module next to a grain of pepper) measures just half a millimetre squared, and will have a significant impact on the medical imaging landscape.

Traditionally, procedures in the body's smallest anatomy -- such as neuro, ENT, cardiac, spinal and gynaecology procedures -- were performed blind or with low quality images from fiberscopes, because existing cameras were too big and reusable endoscopes were not cost effective. OmniVision's tiny image sensor, used in conjunction with its 0.65mm x 0.65mm camera module, addresses these issues.

As OmniVision's marketing director Aaron Chiang explains, the technology "offers a compact, high quality solution for disposable guidewires, catheters and endoscopes, which are experiencing growing demand because of their ability to reduce cross-contamination risks, downtime inefficiencies and costs associated with the repairs, preprocedural testing and sterilization of reusable endoscopes."

The sensor is also the only ultra small "chip on tip" camera with backside illumination, which provides excellent image quality and better low-light performance to help reduce LED heat, along with improved sensitivity. Not only does that stand to improve cost effectiveness for hospitals, but it's good news for patients, too, says Chiang, who notes that the compact disposable device "can improve patient comfort and shorten recovery time."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
194 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

View
FCC chairman wants public auction to repurpose satellite bands for 5G

FCC chairman wants public auction to repurpose satellite bands for 5G

View
Valve will unveil its 'Half-Life: Alyx' VR game on Thursday

Valve will unveil its 'Half-Life: Alyx' VR game on Thursday

View
Amazon expands free music streaming to Android, iOS and Fire TV

Amazon expands free music streaming to Android, iOS and Fire TV

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr