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    New tool for skin inspection

    Because of multiple pressures sores that developed during my acute treatment decades ago, skin care has always been a priority of mine. Inspection of susceptible areas is a critical part. A couple of mirrors have served me well when inspecting my backside, but in recent years as I have become plagued by shoulder and other pain, and maneuvering the mirrors has become more difficult. Fortunately, I have a great wife who now supplements my inspection. However, I have always valued my independence and have been looking for a better method than using a mirror and relying on my wife.

    I accidentally ran across a commercial for a digital inspection camera made by the Milwaukee tool company. Essentially, I would describe it as layperson's proctoscope. It has a small digital camera attached to the end of a flexible gooseneck-type lamp tube, with a viewing screen and control panel at the other end. There is camera lighting and it has a zoom feature. It has turned out to be very helpful for my skin inspection, especially with the zoom and led lights. I can inspect places such as the bottoms of my feet and back better than ever. You can look in your mouth, ears, or where ever. It is waterproof and washable.

    The biggest problem I had was learning to bend the tubing in the right directions and positioning the camera. It takes some learning to get the bends right to reach the areas you want to inspect. Maybe some other company makes a similar device with more flexible tubing. I will spare you the pain of watching me inspect my backside. Here is a youtube company demo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGnAA7MAmME

    Moreover, I have also found this great for looking under furniture, high shelves, etc. It is worth checking out. I understand that they are sold by Home Depot, but you can get an AA battery version, which is what I have, at amazon.com for around $90. I doubt that insurance will cover these, but in my opinion, it should.
    Last edited by SCIfor55+yrs.; 07-06-2009 at 01:47 PM.
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    It could be useful. How true are the colours? Determining skin condition accurately would depend on true to life colour.

    Being waterproof be careful where you put it or it may also enable you to (accidentally?) see things that will blow your mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    It could be useful. How true are the colours? Determining skin condition accurately would depend on true to life colour.

    Being waterproof be careful where you put it or it may also enable you to (accidentally?) see things that will blow your mind.
    Jeff,

    This is not photographic quality. Although the resolution is good, the LCD has a somewhat hazy background. Presumably, that is due to a poor backlighting system. In general, I have found the colors, resolution, and contrast to detect reddened areas, scrapes, scratches, and other skin irregularities. It is sufficient as a screening tool for areas you might otherwise be unable to inspect.

    There is at least one high end unit on the market that has much better quality and many more features made by the Ridgid Tool Co., but it sells for several hundred dollars.

    People who are interested should take a look at a unit before they buy when possible. They can probably be found at other hardware stores besides HomeDepot. If one gets one oneline, I would check out the return policy.

    But do not forget, it can be helpful for viewing other problem areas apart from skin.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

    See my personal webpage @
    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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