FDA Green Lights Groundbreaking mHealth Device for Vision Health Assessment

The FDA has cleared the way for an innovative new mobile device from Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company.

The Welch Allyn iExaminer turns the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope, which enables physicians to see the back of a patient’s eye, into a mobile digital imaging device. The company says this technology will allow doctors to view and take pictures of the eye in ways never before possible.

The adapter aligns the optical access of the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope to the visual axis of the iPhone 4 or 4S camera to capture high resolution (5/ 8 megapixel) pictures of the fundus and retinal nerve. The iExaminer App then allows you to store the pictures to a patient file or email and print them.

According to the makers of iExaminer, because the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope provides improved imaging without having to dilate the pupil, examinations utilizing the device can take place anywhere at anytime.

“The iExaminer allows healthcare providers to easily capture and share the images of a fundus in a moment’s notice, helping to improve the quality of care provided—especially for remote users who may not have easy access to specialists,” said Rick Farchione, senior manager of physical assessment at Welch Allyn. “It will increase workflow efficiency by allowing providers to capture and share images from any clinical environment.  It is a low-cost way to digitally capture eye imaging and will also make it easier for providers to share images with their patients, helping to improve patient knowledge and compliance.”

The Welch Allyn iExaminer will be available for shipment on February 11.

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Dr Anindya
Dr Anindya

Is it available in India ??? n wat would b the cost ????