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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

OmniVision Camera Chips Embedded in New FDA-Approved Medical Intubation System From ETView

via PRNewswire

"The quality and clarity of the picture produced by the TVT rivals thebest medical photography in the marketplace," commented Ofer Fridman, ETView's Chief Technology Officer. "We are delighted with how effectively the singleuse intubation tube performs after we modified it to house a camera."

In North and South America , approximately 50 million intubations are performed annually. Although considered common practice, it is far from commonly successful. To intubate properly, a tube must be inserted between the vocal cords and into the trachea. However, even with a patient's mouth held open with the aid of a laryngoscope, the vocal cords are not visible. Further complicating the process, directly behind the trachea lies the esophagus, which leads to the stomach. If the tube is placed in the esophagus by mistake, or if it slips from the tracheal position and not immediately repositioned,the error can lead to brain injuries and permanent disabilities, or even befatal.

Not only is the TVT easy to use even for those with minimal training, it also reduces the overall cost of the intubation procedure. Today, hospitals are required to take a mobile X-ray for each intubation performed outside of the operating room to verify the position of the tube. By providing areal-time image, the TVT eliminates the need for these X-rays.

Although the smallest camera available was used, the TVT is still too large for intubating infants and children. ETView and OmniVision are currently developing next-generation devices to address this market.

About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. designs and markets high-performance semiconductor image sensors. Its OmniPixel(R) and CameraChip(TM) products arehighly integrated single-chip CMOS image sensors for mass-market consumer and commercial applications such as mobile phones, digital still cameras, securityand surveillance systems, interactive video games, PCs and automotive imaging systems. Additional information is available at

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