Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, Germany have developed a new software that will enable physicians to review the entire path of the cystoscope in one image, rather than viewing it in parts as currently done.
The Endorama software is capable of merging images as the cytoscope advances into the genito-urinary tract and thus provides a focused image. Since the entire sequence happens in almost real-time, physicians are able to quickly gauge if the whole path has been traversed by the cytoscope.
"The software takes the image that the camera currently records and in each case displays it at the center of the screen. If the computer panorama displays a "hole" at some point, then the physician knows that he has not yet examined the bladder wall at that point," said a released statement on the Fraunhofer website.
'Endorama' has already passed initial tests successfully and could be available on the market within the next two to three years.