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December 24, 2008

BehindTheMedspeak: Do-it-yourself colonoscopy — Episode 2: Who needs a computer?


Last month I featured a nifty USB Digital Endoscope, speculating that if you were the adventurous sort you could even try doing a colonoscopy on yourself or a trusting friend with it.

Now comes a free-standing unit that doesn't require a computer, enabling you to make house calls anywhere or even use your car as a mobile clinic.

You know how for a long time you've suspected there's tons of money hidden behind some wall, but you've never been willing to destroy it to find out?

Well, guess what: your ship just came in.


Chuck Cage reviewed the device on November 21, 2008 on Wired magazine's website as follows.

Try This at Home: Camera on a Flex Cable Finds Lost Objects

Milwaukee may have designed it to help home inspectors spot hidden mold or shoddy repairs, but the M-Spector is just too much fun to leave to the pros. Did your 5-year-old really drop your diamond ring down the sink — or pawn it for Fruit Roll-Ups? Want to find out the easy way how many bananas your "hilarious" brother-in-law stuffed in your tailpipe? Grab the M-Spector, thumb the power button, and the 2.4-inch screen lights up with 320x240-pixel color video, transmitted from the tiny CMOS camera on the end of its flexible 3/4"-diameter neck. A camera-mounted LED illuminates dark and dismal places, letting you see anywhere you can cram the 3-foot-long cable. Sure, cops could use the M-Spector to peer around corners or ferret out shanks in prison cells, but it's equally effective at locating the perfectly good grape that rolled under your fridge. Just don't get too creative; you'll probably want to draw the line at home colonoscopies.

Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).


In this arena size does matter: the extra foot afforded by this upscaled iteration (last month's USB-powered version offered two feet of function) portends much more flexibility when it comes to applications.

Though the Wired review listed a price of $250, checking just now at Amazon I see it's been reduced to $99.

That's a lot of technology from a very reputable company for under a hundred bucks.



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This is like the ultimate gadget.

For me it's totally worthless, but I want one!

Posted by: Ray | Dec 26, 2008 11:03:37 AM

99 bucks compared to 45 hundred, whatta steal!

Posted by: rob | Dec 24, 2008 10:43:32 PM

Wow, it just keeps getting better.
I still like the idea of the drive-through colonoscopy. (Or should that be "drive-by" colonoscopy?... ewww...) I haven't worked out the logistics yet, but damn, it sounds like a real time-saver. Drive-through mammograms, too -- never need to leave your car! A shelf extends out to your car window (adjustable for height), a little twisting around in the seat, slap a titty up there, and boom! -- run a few more errands & drive back by to pick up the report.

(Possibly no pun intended...not sure...)

Posted by: Flautist | Dec 24, 2008 1:19:08 PM

Too bad it doesn't save images like a camera. Who wouldnt want 8 by 10 glossies of their at-home colonoscopy? For those of you in HollyWierd how about making a coffee-table book from pictures of your very own coffee enema? I see a whole new category of photography- Pictures of Where the Sun Don't Shine. The next model needs to have a slot for an SD camera memory card. - See what kind of weird sense of humor I have before I had my morning coffee?

Posted by: Saul Castellanos | Dec 24, 2008 12:46:56 PM

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