A PIONEERING headlight that wirelessly records the surgeons’ eye view of operations is being launched before an international audience in Dubai by its Sheffield-based inventors.
The Lion headlight and video system is the brainchild of Attercliffe company Sheffmed.
The headlight is designed to allow surgeons to record and archive operations for use when teaching and to protect against any potential litigation.
Sheffmed unveiled a prototype version of the headlight and camera in Dubai last year to gauge interest.
Distributors, surgeons and international medical magazines all responded positively.
Interest was such that Sheffmed director Alan McNulty ended up being interviewed by an international television service.
Since then the Clifton Street company has been working hard to turn the prototype into a finished product that can be made available commercially.
The Lion system, pictured above, is made from ultra lightweight materials and allows a micro HD camera to be mounted on the headlight and operated wirelessy, using a battery pack.
It will go on show at the Arab Health Exhibition – a three-day show that attracts more than 80,000 visitors from across the world and opens on Monday.
Alan McNulty said: “We hope this year’s Arab Health will generate some key leads in international markets and allow us to establish distributors in the Gulf regions.
“We are proud to offer a complete UK design and build project in the Lion LED Headlight. Our aim is to showcase British innovation.”
Sheffmed will also be showing its range of operating room consumables, including a single-use suction irrigation set to be used during keyhole surgery, as well as its high-end video-capture devices.
The Sheffield company is also developing its charitable activities, following the launch of the Sheffmed Foundation, which will use some of the profits the company makes to support ear, nose and throat specialists in Africa.