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Guinness World Record for Smallest Image Sensor and New Miniature Camera for Medical Applications

In a world where modern medicine is evolving day by day, there’s no wonder why new inventions in this field are constantly coming. We’re pretty far from those times when a cancer diagnosis meant a death sentence, not to mention other minor health problems that, in the past, put our lives in danger. A new sensor is commercially available, and it provides high quality images from the smallest parts of the human body.

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, recently announced that its OV6948 is the winner of the Guinness World Record for “The Smallest Image Sensor Commercially Available”. The device has the sizes of 0.575mm x 0.575mm. Derived from this ultra small imager, the company also announced the creation of its OVM6948 CameraCubeChip™, which is a fully packaged, wafer-level camera module. It measures 0.65mm x 0.65mm, with a z-height of just 1.158mm.

OmniVision developed these innovative medical imagers mainly to help the medical community assess better the human body so that we will be less concerned about health problems.

Marjorie Villien, PhD., technology and market analyst, medical and industrial imaging, stated the following:

At Yole Développement (Yole), we expect disposable endoscope shipments to grow at a 35.9% CAGR over the next five years,

This industry is today driven by the recent recommendation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to the cross-contamination issues due to improper cleaning of the endoscopes. In this context, all major endoscope OEMs are developing cost-effective, small-diameter disposable endoscopes with high image quality.

The new complete module is outstanding since it can be integrated into a catheter or endoscope with a diameter as small as 1.0mm. With this camera’s size, or 40 KPixel backside-illuminated resolution, images can be captured from within the body’s narrowest blood vessels for different procedures including neuro, gynecology, cardiac, spinal, urology, ophthalmic, ENT, and arthroscopy.

Aaron Chiang, marketing director at OmniVision, declared:

Previously, procedures in the body’s smallest anatomy were performed either blind or using low quality images from fiberscopes, as existing cameras were too big and reusable endoscopes were not cost effective,

The OVM6948 wafer-level camera module offers a compact, high quality solution for disposable guidewires, catheters and endoscopes, which are experiencing growing demand because of their ability to reduce cross-contamination risks, downtime inefficiencies and costs associated with the repairs, preprocedural testing and sterilization of reusable endoscopes. In addition, these compact disposable medical devices can improve patient comfort and shorten recovery time.

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