World’s smallest medical video camera developed

Omer and Migdal Ha’Emek, Israel – A medical device manufacturer and a specialty chip foundry have developed what they say is the world’s smallest medical video camera.

Medigus and Tower Semiconductor have announced the successful sampling of a new CMOS imager for Medigus’ line of disposable miniature cameras and its new medical devices camera – the smallest of its kind in the world, they say.

It’s designed to be incorporated into disposable endoscopes – a $500 million market – or used in various diagnostic and surgical medical applications.

First product samples have been shipped to end customers, and mass production of the camera is expected to start by the middle of next year. The camera sensor will be manufactured in Tower’s Fab2, using its 0.18-micron CMOS image sensor process and will be integrated into the camera which will be produced in Medigus’ manufacturing facilities.

The CMOS imager has applications in gastroenterology, natural orifice transluminal endoscopy surgery, bronchoscopy, orthopedics and ENT. The new camera encompasses tiny electronics and objective lenses developed by Medigus, along with Tower’s CMOS imager measuring only 700 x 700 microns.

The imager was developed using Tower’s advanced sensor design and production technologies, while the camera was developed using Medigus’ electronic, optic and integration platform technologies.
The camera should open up new medical diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities, thankt to its tiny size. Including a special housing, it’s only 1.2mm x 5mm long. In addition, it is completely disposable, eliminating the very costly sterilization process commonly associated with endoscopic procedures.

“The new camera and its unique imager represent a dramatic breakthrough in the endoscopic medical field; it opens a wide hatch to new markets, medical applications and customers, and at the smallest size ever accessible, it will allow procedures not previously achievable,” said Dr Elazar Sonnenschein, CEO of Medigus.