Gastrointestinal signs are some of the most common reasons for dogs presenting to veterinarians. Imaging plays a vital role in the evaluation of many such patients. The practicality of traditional imaging modalities is limited by associated capital costs, the need for anesthesia, or the specialized skill required to obtain or interpret the images. ALICAM® is the first platform imaging technology that removes these hurdles and allows imaging to be available to any practice at any time.
Working With ALICAM®
ALICAM® is a technology based consult service that supports veterinarians in the management of dogs with gastrointestinal disease. The “front end” of this service is a miniature ingestible camera system that is administered like a pill. Thousands of images are captured on the device as it travels through the inside of the GI tract. The images are stored on the device before being uploaded to the cloud. A veterinarian specializing in GI disease will review the images and, after reviewing the patient’s medical record, will generate a report with findings and treatment recommendations.
ALICAM® uses four high resolution cameras placed around the circumference of the capsule to capture a 360 degree view of the gastrointestinal tract. These cameras capture high-resolution images at a maximum frame rate of 20 frames per second (5 FPS per camera). Emebedded software is able to adjust the frame rate based on input from an acceleromter to conserve energy for more complete examinations.
Images are stored in onboard flash memory and accessed via a USB reading device.
Length: 31 mm
Diameter: 11 mm
Weight: 4 grams
Field of view: 360 degrees
Light source: 16 internal LEDs
Resolution: 221,184 pixels
For clinics preferring to download and interpret images, the following accessories are needed:
This device utilizes a bidirectional optical link to download the images stored on ALICAM® to a desktop or laptop.
ALICAM® software allows the viewer to view and interpret the images obtained downloaded from the capsule. The user can choose various viewing speeds and image display formats. Selected images are easily downloaded directly into a report template or onto the desktop.
Recommended computer specifications:
CPU: Intel Core i7 Quad-Core, 6th generation (8+ threads for optimal downloading performance)
Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
Display Resolution: 1920×1080
Panel Type: IPS (In-Plane Switching)
Color Gamut: 100% sRGB with Delta-E <2 (For maximum color accuracy)