A Preliminary Case Report of a High-Quality Cost-effective Rigid Laryngoscopy Setup
To evaluate a cost-effective modified rigid laryngoscopy setup with a portable light source and high-resolution commercially available digital camera for use in smaller otolaryngology and family practice clinics.Methods:
The modified setup was used to obtain images of the larynx using both a traditional light source and a portable light source. Varying shutter speeds and ISOs were evaluated, and the optimal settings were determined for the modified setup.Results:
Picture quality was adequate, and the portable light source was bright enough. ISO from 640 to 1600 with shutter speeds ranging from 1/60 to 1/160 are ideal under the normal light source, while it is better to set the ISO between 4000 and 10 000 with shutter speeds from 1/60 to 1/100 under the portable light source. Picture quality was adequate with a resolution of 2768 pixels × 1848 pixels with 350 dpi × 350 dpi.Conclusions:
Results show that the modified setup obtains images of adequate quality for use in the clinic. Additionally, since the larynx requires the most illumination for endoscopic imaging, a similar setup would work for imaging the ear and nose. This setup may make laryngoscopic exams more accessible to patients at smaller laryngoscopy clinics or family practice providers.