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    Product reviews: CryoProbe and OptiSpec

     

    OptiSpec Gynecology Light

    Background

    Consistent, proper illumination of the vagina and cervix can be a challenge. Fortunately, over time, this challenge has been met with a variety of technologies. Single-use plastic speculums with built-in LED lights have lately emerged as popular choices for clinical situations in which fixed external lighting is not readily available. Now, a new twist on the disposable light idea comes to us from Utah Medical in the form of OptiSpec.

    Design/Functionality

    Rather than a completely disposable, single-use lighted speculum, OptiSpec is a small, ultra-bright, pure white-light-spectrum LED light source that can clip onto any speculum to provide immediate illumination of the upper vagina and cervix. The device is intended as a single-use product and comes in an individual sterile packet with 25 devices per box. It is simple, lightweight, and intuitive.

    In clinical use, OptiSpec provided outstanding light—better than my current halogen goose-necks. It fit easily onto every speculum I tried and was never in my way. My only objection came from my inner “green” soul that generally prefers reusables to disposables but, compared with completely disposable plastic speculums, this is a no-brainer.

    Innovation

    Today, LED is everywhere. It lights up our homes, turns our phones into flashlights, and now helps illuminate the deeper recesses of the vagina and cervix. Where OptiSpec makes a difference is in its empowering ability to allow pelvic exam providers to use the speculum of their choice rather than succumb to a “one-size-fits-all because that is the only way to get light in there” mentality. OptiSpec is more clever than innovative but I do think it is a better choice than most disposable lighted speculums that are currently in this space.

    Summary

    OptiSpec is a really good product. It provides better light to the upper vagina and cervix than anything else I have ever used. However, it is a single-use product meant to replace a reusable light source, so each provider will need to decide whether his or her clinical situation justifies the cost and landfill space. If you currently have good lights in every room in which you perform speculum exams, perhaps this is not for you. If you need to bring a light into the room for speculum exams then this is definitely better than whatever you are currently using. 

    James Greenberg, MD
    Dr. Greenberg is Chief, Division of Gynecology, Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, ...

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