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Dr Schuman, section editor for Peds v2.0, is clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and editorial advisory board member of Contemporary Pediatrics.
MacroView Digital Otoscope allows for greater magnification and improved illumination.
This year, Welch Allyn introduced a digital Macro-View. This device doesn't look that different-the standard focusing ring and insufflation port are still there. But the Digital MacroView has no viewing port, because it connects via a USB cable to a computer. You can capture images or videos of the tympanic membrane with a click of a button on the otoscope head, and zoom in for a close-up on the screen. Pediatricians can point out findings to parents and/or patients. Images and videos can be saved on EMR software, or archived on you computer. The Digital MacroView otoscope is priced at about $1,000.