Research

Mobile Hysteroscopy

Ioannis Chatzipapas, Nikolaos Kathopoulis, Athanasios Protopapas, Dimitrios-Euthimios Vlachos, Dimitrios Loutradis

1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Alexandra hospital, Athens, Greece

Correspondence: Ioannis Chatzipapas, Alexandra Hospital, 80 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue 115 28, Athens, Greece E – mail: ixatzipapas@yahoo.gr


Abstract

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and clinical outcome of a new setup for diagnostic hysteroscopy using mobile technology. Materials and Methods: A total of 15 women with indications of diagnostic hysteroscopy were examined according to the new setup using smartphone and portable led light sources and the standard hysteroscopic setup. The image quality as far as it concerns the ability to end up with a correct diagnosis was assessed. The total cost of the two setups was also compared. Results: The image reviews of the experts revealed no difference in the diagnostic adequacy of the two setups. All 30 reviews, regardless of device used for image capture were conclusive for the diagnosis. Moreover, the total price difference between the two devices was
47,101€. Conclusions: With the new system high quality images may be captured and it has the advantage of minimal
equipment and easy set up. Moreover, the combination of portability and low cost could widespread advanced endoscopic technology in almost every health care facility.

Keywords: office hysteroscopy, portable hysteroscope, smartphone, iphone, health care costs, medical image

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