The MDScope is a new portable video otoscope featuring its own unique built-in LCD screen, enabling the user to view the ear canal and tympanic membrane directly on the handheld unit. Since images are instantly displayed on the LCD screen, there is no need for an external monitor (i.e. computer or TV screen), making it a true stand-alone video otoscope. The MDScope does come packaged with a video cable, offering the ability to connect to a monitor via a standard video out port (non-USB) connection.
The MDScope is comprised of two main components: 1) the main video otoscope device (shown at right) and 2) the fiber optic video 100 degree camera head. The main video otoscope device is the handheld component housing the battery compartment, ON/OFF switch, and LCD screen with power display. The fiber optic video 100 degree camera head resembles a stainless steel or chrome speculum (shown left) and attaches to the LCD screen via a fastening ring. The fiber optic bulb is LED. Once the camera is attached to the main device and the two “AA” batteries have been inserted in the handle of the main device, attach a disposable specula over the camera head, press and hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn the device on, and the MDScope is ready to be used. To freeze an image on the LCD screen, press and release the ON/OFF button quickly. To return to the live image, press and release the ON/OFF button quickly realizing that once returned to the live image, the previously captured image will be lost.
In order to save and/or print images, it will be necessary to invest in an optional accessory that transfers images from the handheld MDScope to a personal computer. This optional accessory is the MDScope Image Dongle with Medical EDA software.As shown in the illustration at the left, the main MDScope component connects from the bottom of its base to the image dongle via the video cable prepackaged with the MDScope. The dongle connects to a PC via a USB connection, allowing the user to now view and store images of the ear canal and tympanic membrane on the personal computer. The main system requirements for the MDScope Image Dongle include Microsoft Windows XP/ Windows Vista/Windows 7.