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New Israeli Invention Could Spare You A Visit To the Doctor’s Office

The new gadget will be able to keep the Doctor away, or the other way around

By: Omer Shachnai
Published: October 16th, 2013 in Health » Israel

Can we finally put visiting the doctor’s office behind us?

A new device invented in Israel will perform an almost complete checkup of your body- and send the results to the doctor, who will be able to make a prognosis without meeting you.

The device is planned to be marketed next year, and its price tag will be approximately $200 US.

Meet the "Teito", the world’s first automatic check up device. It is composed of a tiny camera and microphone and enables checking several body part: ears, lungs, heart, skin, eyes and more.

The device stores the pics and audio in high definition, and then sends it the doctor's PC, smartphone or ipad, allowing him to analyze the data and decide if the patient has a medical condition. Indeed, nothing beats a full body check, but the developers believe that using the gadget will allow skipping nearly half of routine health checks.

How does it work? First, the Teito allows checking body temperature by pointing it at your forehead. Then, to check your pharynx, you can insert the Teito until the edge of your mouth. For an ear check up, you place it gently in your ear until a high-res picture of your eardrum is taken.

To inspect your heart rate, you place the Teito on your chest as instructed by the device. It then records your heart beats, and when a sufficient sample is collected, it is sent to the doctor.

In addition, the Teito can also be used to take pictures of skin conditions and the eyes. Dadi Gilad, CEO of the company, states that the new device differentiates from existing smartphone applications (which serve similar purposes) in the quality of the samples which are unprecedented. Furthermore, the Teito instructs users to point the device to the right body point, and only then takes a sample from the precise location.

"It knows how the eardrum looks, how the heart and lungs sound and in what pressure it should be placed against the body, so it helps the user do the examination in an optimal way," Gilad says.

According to Gilad, the device was tested and verified with a number of doctors in pharmacies and in a children’s hospital in Spain, and was found to be highly precise, just a bit short of a traditional check up.

The Teito is scheduled to be tested in another children’s hospital in Boston - which is considered one of the best of its kind - soon.

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