I.5 Laparoscopic Cameras for Low Resource Contexts
Currently, most minimally invasive abdominal or thoracic surgery is done using laparoscopic camera equipment. That equipment uses fiber optic cables and VERY expensive light sources to generate an image in the abdomen. The equipment can be on the order of 20k. In the Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) context, there is room for innovation using more advanced technologies to create a similar laparoscopic camera that can be produced from MUCH less capital.
The camera should be easy to sterilize and produce a quality image that can take advantage of technology such as blue tooth and smartphone/tables to allow surgeons to do minimally invasive surgery in the Low Resource context.