One of the most applied imaging methods in medicine is endoscopy, and endoscopic cameras are one of the most technical demanding devices. These systems allow medical practitioners to examine and inspect the interior of bodily organs, joints, or cavities for diagnosis and treatment purposes.

At Gray Optics, we specialize in solving complex optical, mechanical, and system-level problems for our clients. Our product engineering team consists of highly skilled engineers and program managers with advanced degrees and years of product development experience, allowing them to develop endoscopy cameras with superior image quality.

What Are Endoscopic Cameras?

An endoscopic camera is a device used to view, capture and record videos in small, hard-to-reach places of the human body with limited to no visibility. It allows doctors to visualize the surgery or diagnostic procedure on a larger medical-grade screen, like a TV display, a computer monitor, or a stereoscopic viewing console.

Most modern endoscope camera modules utilize “chip-on-tip” technology where the lens and imaging electronics are combined into a miniature package located at the end of the device. Endoscopic cameras illuminate the anatomical area through fiber optics or LEDs on the tip and the image signal is transferred out from the camera on an electrical cable. The light source must provide sufficient brightness and illuminate angle to ensure true-color properties and brilliant image presentation to aid medical professionals in their diagnoses and procedures.

What Are Different Types of Endoscopes?

There are many types of endoscopes used for diagnostic, preventative and surgical applications:

  • Cystoscope: This is used to study the inside of the bladder, urethra, urinary tract, and prostate (in men) and is often inserted through the urethra.
  • Laryngoscope: This is an endoscope used to view the larynx or the voice box and is inserted through the mouth.
  • Otoscope: The otoscope is designed for visual examination of the eardrum and the passage of the outer ear.
  • Gastroscope: This is used to check the upper part of the digestive system, which includes the inside of your throat, food pipe (esophagus), and stomach.
  • Laparoscope: A laparoscope is inserted through the abdomen to study the stomach, liver, abdominal organs, and female reproductive organs such as the fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries.
  • Arthroscope: An arthroscope is an endoscope that’s inserted into the joint through a small incision near the site.
  • Duodenoscope: This is a long flexible endoscope inserted through the mouth to the top of the small intestine (duodenum).

Applications of Endoscopic Cameras

Different types of endoscopic cameras are used for different areas of the body. Endoscope optics are often used to examine the following parts of the body, including:

  • Esophagus: Gastroscopy
  • Colon: Colonoscopy
  • Ears: Otoscopy
  • Nose: Nasal endoscopy
  • Throat: Upper GI endoscopy
  • Stomach: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Heart: Cardiopulmonary endoscopy
  • Urinary tract: Cystoscopy
  • Joints: Arthroscopy

Endoscopic cameras play a crucial role in aiding medical professionals in diagnosing various conditions by close examination of internal organs and body structures. At Gray Optics, we provide endoscopic cameras that make visual diagnostic procedures and surgery even more easy and procedures more effective. Our highly experienced team of engineers and program managers can design and develop a wide range of endoscopic optics that meet your unique requirements.

Whether you need an endoscope for 3D robotic surgery, a new Raman or NIR spectroscopy device for tumor identification and surgical resection, a microscope platform for wide FOV, a new high laser power industrial machine tool, or help to develop a high-resolution fluorescence imaging for cell analysis, you can count on Gray Optics to deliver. Contact us today to request a quote!