BC Tech's Tiny New Camera Gives Vision to Disposable Medical Devices

In response to healthcare reform, medical product company BC Tech launches miniature video camera that enables the development of new kinds of 'medical devices with eyes.'

Jan 06, 2010, 12:35 ET from BC Tech

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- BC Tech, a medical product development and manufacturing company, has launched a miniature single use video camera that can be integrated into medical devices to improve safety and help reduce healthcare costs.

"At just three millimeters in diameter, the Video Scout is one of the smallest medical cameras in the world," said Charlie Skinner, VP of Business Development for BC Tech. "Medical companies can integrate the Video Scout into biopsy tools, ablation wands, catheters, tissue cutters, scopes and more. We're confident this sort of low cost imaging technology will usher in a new wave of disposable medical products with built in video cameras."

Many routine procedures and surgeries require the doctor to see inside the human body with a special instrument called an endoscope. Endoscopes are expensive and often confined to specialized surgical suites. With healthcare legislation likely to reduce reimbursements for many procedures, medical device companies are scrambling to introduce low cost, single-use devices that deliver the same results as more expensive, durable equipment. "BC Tech can help medical equipment companies achieve that goal," said Mr. Skinner. "We want to help our clients create new products that move endoscopic procedures out of the surgical suite and into the doctor's office, where costs and risks are substantially reduced."

Ben Clawson, CEO of BC Tech, is particularly enthusiastic about the positive impact the Video Scout can have in the developing world. "Millions of people in poor countries die because healthcare workers lack the equipment to properly diagnose common diseases," said Mr. Clawson. "Procedures that are routine for Americans, like colonoscopies, are simply too expensive in many parts of the world. The Video Scout enables creation of low cost diagnostic tools that developing countries can actually afford."

The Video Scout is made possible in part through great support from OmniVision Technologies, a leading developer of digital imaging products. OmniVision is BC Tech's supplier of choice for miniature camera chips.

"We're committed to supporting BC Tech with our expertise in CMOS imaging technologies to continue the development of Video Scout products," said Zafer Zamboglu, Senior Marketing Manager for Medical Devices at OmniVision. "We believe that our combined expertise in medical camera development has the potential to enable medical equipment manufacturers to quickly integrate high quality digital imaging into a variety of new single use medical products."

To learn more about the Video Scout visit http://www.bctechvideoscout.com. For additional information and inquiries, please contact Cassidy Clawson or visit http://www.bctechinc.com.


BC Tech (Private) is an outsourced product development and contract manufacturer of medical devices and laboratory instruments. Startups and industry leading medical companies hire BC Tech to quickly transform product concepts into market-ready devices. BC Tech's Santa Cruz facility includes design and engineering groups, a rapid prototyping center, regulatory support team and a complete contract manufacturing facility.

Learn more about BC Tech's medical device design services.

    Cassidy Clawson
    Marketing Manager
    (831) 247-3750

Download the Video Scout Media Kit, including high resolution images: http://www.bctechinc.com/videoscout/videoscoutkit.zip