If you’re driving in the rain, you need your windscreen wipers to work.
Maintaining a clear view is equally important for any surgery involving a laparoscope.
Which is why the device, a slender rod with a camera tip, has recently been modified by an engineering student from BYU in Utah.
He developed a kind of windscreen wiper for camera lenses. Meaning the laparoscope no longer needs to be cleaned every 5-8 minutes during an operation.
The curved, origami-based wiper can be built into existing devices and actuated by a trigger.
Saving on time and money, and allowing the surgical team to concentrate on what’s important.