Skaneateles (WSYR-TV) - The iPhone has quickly become much more than just a phone, but Welch Allyn is taking it to a whole new level.
The medical supplies maker in Skaneateles has developed a bracket that fuses the iPhone with one of its latest eye scopes.
The company says that the innovation represents a dramatic leap from the product it started with in 1915, the first handheld luminated ophthalmoscope.
The iExaminer is a bracket that marries their decade-old pan optic scope with an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
“My great granddad, to see this, he’d be blown away because it’s kind of a re-invigoration of the core product of Welch Allyn,” said Director of Corporate Responsibility David Allyn.
People in the medical field say the technology is far reaching. They say the portable and inexpensive scope gives primary-care physicians access to the back of the eye, where doctors can learn a great deal.
In addition to the doctor obtaining access to a frozen image or, the technology gives patients access as well.
"It allows the capability for the clinician to turn the device around, show the patient this is an abnormality in your eye that could lead to further complications or blindness,” said Welch Allyn Product Manager Rick Farchione.
The device takes around 70 images in less than one minute.
"Now it's a frozen image they can analyze and do a better job of identifying abnormalities and if there is any question they can email that image to a colleague or eye care professional for consultation,” Farchione said.
They say the other key is that it’s affordable now for non eye specialists to have at their office for use in exams.
The iExaminer has FDA approval for use with the iPhone 4 and 4S.
Welch Allyn hopes to soon have approval for use with the iPhone 5.Click here for more information on the technology.