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High-Quality Video Recording and Monitoring System for Endoscopes

Authors

  • Koichi Tsunoda MD,

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    1. Department of Artificial Organs and Otolaryngology, National Institute of Sensory Organs, Tokyo, Japan
    • Dr. Koichi Tsunoda, Department of Artificial Organs and Otolaryngology, National Institute of Sensory Organs, Higashigaoke 2-5-1, Meguroku, Tokyo 152-8902, Japan.
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  • Atsunobu Tsunoda MD,

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    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
    • Dr. Koichi Tsunoda, Department of Artificial Organs and Otolaryngology, National Institute of Sensory Organs, Higashigaoke 2-5-1, Meguroku, Tokyo 152-8902, Japan.
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  • Hiroyuki Ozawa MD,

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo Japan
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  • Takekatsu Fujimine MD

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo Japan
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  • This research was supported in part by grant in aid Research fund of the National Hospital Organization Network, Japan, and the Suzuken Memorial Foundation.

Abstract

We have developed a new recording system for endoscope images with the popular mini digital video (mini DV) camera. A special adaptor screws onto the lens top, and either a flexible or rigid endoscope can be attached to the camera. Using this system, we can monitor not only the endoscopic images but also the patient's condition. Satisfactory images can be obtained even with the finest fiberscope. Nevertheless, our new system costs only $1,000. Therefore, the system is both cost-effective and useful for the outpatient clinic or casual setting or for house calls for the purpose of patient education.

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