I have been toying with the same idea for a few months, mostly trying to build a cheap otoscope with simple parts that would be cost effective in the developing world.
More recently I have started thinking about how to mount it to or make it part of a low cost digital camera with the goal to make it easier for health care providers in rural area to send images to regional health care centers for consultation.
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working solo in a rural health clinic in the US. I often work alone and transmitting digital images would be a useful tool. I hope to at least start sending dermatological images, easier as it only requires a digital camera.
If a digital otoscope gets made, I could beta test it in my setting.
Illumination is an issue that I think can be dealt with a white LED, about $2.
I have a Canon A70 PowerShot and was just about to buy a macro lens to see how that would help with magnification.
I would be less interested in live wireless capability because I am more interested in low cost and rural health where just internet or cell access will be available for uploading.
My interest is in appropriate health technologies (AHT)and medical information technnology, I have a site www.thecylinder.net, that indexes several AHT's.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Hello CNET people,
My name is Josh and I've been thinking about how to build a wirelss, digital otoscope. It is what docs use to look in your ears. I'd love the ability to wirelessly connect to a screen (live), but if i have settle for uploading the pics later I will.
Any ideas? My budget is super tight, but i thought someone out there will have tinkered w/ a digital camera and might have some ideas.