Introducing the Dinolite Digital Otoscope June 06 2014
When you are shopping for otoscope for your medical practice, what features do you look for? Naturally, you’ll want it to be easy to use, small enough to be discrete, capable of providing ample illumination and, of course, reliability. You likely also want it to have a clear, sharp picture, which is easy to use in a diagnosis. Traditional wall mounted otoscopes are capable of satisfying all of these conditions, for sure. Many are available at excellent price points that meet those needs and more. However, before you buy one, it might behoove you to consider an alternative option.
One such alternative is Dinolite’s series of Digital Earscopes. The Dinolite Digital Earscopes use an external display to show vivid, clear images of the outer and middle ear. Instead of the classic eyepiece, Dinolite utilizes a digital sensor, much like your digital camera or smartphone. That sensor then relays what it seen over USB, to a computer running DinoCapture software.
From the software, you can do some very unique things. You can simply view the video feed in real time, allowing the Digital Earscope to serve as an everyday otoscope. You can take a picture, allowing you to have it for reference or consult another physician. You can take a time lapse, where several pictures are taken at a fixed interval, allowing you to observe changes over time. You can even take a video, at up to 30 frames per second, if you need to have a real-time account of what you’re seeing.
Dinolite is offered in many configurations so there is surely one to fit your budget and needs. The base model Dinolite AM311H offers a feature packed device at an affordable cost. Features include 4 LED Illumination, 10x-50x variable magnification, and a 640x480 pixel sensor, capable of taking clear images, and video at up to 30 frames per second. If you find you need a sharper, larger image, the Dinolite AM4113-EUT offers all the features of the base model, but offers an increased field of view, ups the sensor resolution to 1280x1024, or 1.3 Megapixels, and offers a further 80x digital zoom. Plus, both models use the readily available Welch Allyn Otoscope Specula.