Don’t be surprised if you should happen to spot a forensic nurse or an OBGYN frantically blasting colposcopes on a computer.
Although “Colposcope Blasters” – an “Asteroids”-type of arcade-style game – is all in the spirit of light-hearted fun, it is merely the medium behind a more serious message.
Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) and OBGYN professionals make up the majority of colposcope users. Historically, many have utilized and still utilize the colposcope to perform forensic exams and/or medical uses. The colposcope is 91 years old, now; it was developed in 1925 by Hans Hinselmann - a German doctor - to detect cervical cancer in women.
“Many people don't know that colposcopes were never designed for forensic use and photo documentation for medical. Thirty-five millimeter video cameras and even good-quality digital cameras have been mounted on colposcopes in an effort to capture forensic photographic evidence. The results have been exceptionally poor for many reasons, including the fact that the light, lens and camera are not in sync. Additionally, colposcopes are difficult to learn and to use, difficult to move, position and extremely limited in their use,” SDFI Forensic Imaging Consultant, Ward Allen states.
Hence, SDFI’s mission: to educate and demonstrate their forensic “Shoot, Store and Send” antidote to the colposcope.
“As many FNEs and SANEs throughout the country have already discovered, SDFI®-TeleMedicine’s forensic photodocumentation products have become their sole-source colposcope replacements - in portability, superior image quality and SDFI’s added benefits of secure storing and sending their files,” Marketing Assistant, Julie Steeper says.
The Boulder City, Nevada-based company also provides their forensic photodocumentation products, education, services and support to the FBI, crime labs, child protective services and law enforcement professionals throughout the country.