VIDEO OTOSCOPY SYSTEM
Image Format / Video Printer
IMAGE FORMAT / VIDEO PRINTER
The image format / video printer greatly enhances the capabilities of the basic VO system.
Sony image format / labeling / video printer with two foot pedals and hand-held infra-red remote control
Panasonic image format video printer with dual control foot pedal and hand-held infra-red remote control
A video printer adds the following capabilities to the basic VO system:
- 1. Freeze frame
- A. Patient presentation and discussion
- B. Image selection for computerized capture and storage
- 2. Frame formatting into 1, 2, 4, 9 or 25 individual images per
- 3. Strobe (automatic time sequence) recording of 2 through 25
images per screen
- 4. Remote control of the image format, freeze, video print
- A. Hand-held infra-red remote
- B. Hands-free wired or infra-red foot pedal control (a practical option)
- 5. Independent adjustment of VO image hue, saturation,
brightness and contrast
- 6. Polaroid process printing of the video screen VO image in
less than 60 seconds
- 7. Automatic selection of multiple print copies
- 8. VO photos may be included in the physician report
- 9. Print titles / time/date information
Polaroid prints average about $0.75 per print which may contain 1, 2 or 4 clinically useable images.
Images may be capture one / photo or may be formatted and cut into two or four images.
The figure below shows a Polaroid VO photograph which has been formatted to display two images each of the right and left tympanic membranes in a single exposure. The author has created a print-sized 4" by 5.75" computer-generated cover label containing information about the image (Fig. A), which is stapled over the face of the photoprint for transmission to the primary care and/or ENT physician.
(A) Polaroid process VO photoprint showing four image print format; bilateral large, dry central perforations; upper images / right ear; lower images / left ear. (B) Photo-size transmittal form containing information about the image(s) for the physician.
Roy F. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Generally, video printers only accept input from analog video sources. A special video (capture) card with analog output is required to use a video printer for reproducing computer-stored images.