Surgiscope
Surgiscope is an equipment, developed to help the work of veterinarians. Its speciality is that it provides users with modern mobile solutions instead of traditional methods and it makes simpler to operate animals.
The goal of the project

With the help of Surgiscope, mobile diagnostic tool, veterinarians perform minor operations while doing examinations. The mobility of the tool enables doctors to perform operations on animals outside of the surgery where it would be difficult and expensive to move equipments to. The tool is not connected to any kind of unit by cable, the electricity is provided by battery. The video recording is transferred to the the veterinarians' computer or smart phone with the help of wireless transmission. The Surgiscope can be used outside of the surgery due to its mobility and because external power sources are not required for its usage.

The Surgiscope can be used outside of the surgery due to its mobility and because external power sources are not required for its usage.

Structure

The most important element of the hardware tool we designed is the small mobile LED unit attached to a tiny camera, which is used during surgical operations. The special colours spectrums help detect certain arthritic injuries and other pathological changes that are hardly observable by conventional tools. By using real colours, doctors can make precise diagnosis, while red and green lights help them detect arthritic injuries and other pathological patterns. Our solution includes a wireless transmitting device that is used to send the images captured by the camera mounted on the endoscope to mobile devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones). To support this feature, we have also created a program for the users (veterinarians), which helps to record and enlarge the images, and annotate the recordings both orally and in writing.

Development

Our hardware engineers were faced with a very difficult project when developing the Surgioscope, as their job was to build a smart veterinarian tool. We performed the development and the construction of the tool in more steps. Several criteria needed to be met in accordance with medical and ergonomics principles.

The design of the frame

Whilst developing the prototype we selected the main element of the equipment, manufactured the unique equipment parts, then assembled the tool and finally started the testing process to get essential information for taking the following step. The following step was to produce a case that covers all the prototype elements. Our aim was to make the tool easy-to-use with the help of this coverage when the doctors hold it in their hands. We started the work at the drawing board with selecting the best from three prototypes.

Software

Whilst developing the tool we started to produce the support software, as well. Our aim was to produce a pure, easy-to-use software that provides help in the operation and the documentation of the operation. We have created an application that can be utilized both on laptops and tablets, too. We made all functions available on the screen, therefore video recordings, captures and annotations are available with a single click.

Summary

It was a great challenge to work on Surgiscope as it was necessary to perform serious development work both on the software and hardware side. After many hours of hard work we finally released a modern medical instrument. With the help of Surgiscope, a mobile examination equipment, the future users will be capable of doing medical procedures outside of the surgery, too.