History

Vorotek has a long history of developing and manufacturing products that enhance the user's capability for examination, instrumentation and procedures. Vorotek now supplies over 95% of Australian ENT surgeons with the Vorotek O Scope

1971 : FIRST PROTOTYPE

Frustrated with handheld otoscopes and frontal mirrors, Dr John Vorrath invented a head-worn binocular optical device with a built-in light source. It was portable, light weight and hands free. In ENT it greatly enhanced examination, instrumentation and procedures. Lighting was barely adequate in 1971.

Mid 1970′s : FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

Numerous Voroscope prototypes (initially called Biotoscope) were developed and tested. Quartz halogen lighting was introduced.

 

Late 1970′s : FIRST PRODUCTION RUN

Rapid uptake by Australian ENTs with the first small scale commercial production – more than 100 units sold.

 

Mid 1980′s : FIRST COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT

This Agreement resulted in ‘blue & white’ Voroscope manufactured by Australian Biomedical. There were many problems and quality was well below Vorotek expectations.

 

Late 1980′s : BLACK VOROSCOPE RESURRECTED

Black Voroscope resurrected by Vorotek – more than 200 units sold.

 

1993 – 2004 : SECOND COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT

10 year agreement reached with Welch-Allyn® resulted in the Lumiview™.

 

2004 – 2006 : VOROTEK TAKES THE INITIATIVE

Welch-Allyn® and Vorotek agree that redevelopment is needed – in particular, to incorporate white LED lighting, but Welch-Allyn® reluctant to commit. Vorotek proceeds with redevelopment and starts an intensive R & D phase, builds LED prototypes, and invests in production engineering. This includes 12 injection moulding dies for various components.

2007 : VOROTEK BEGINS VOLUME PRODUCTION

In 2007 Vorotek moves to new premises and volume production begins. Now over 95% of Australian ENTs use the Vorotek O Scope with LED Illumination. The Vorotek O Scope is the successor to the Voroscope and Lumiview.

 

 

ONGOING

Vorotek now designs and manufactures a range of fully integrated optical systems with LED illumination:
Vorotek L Scope – LED Illumination & Loupes
Vorotek M Scope  – LED Illumination & Plate Magnifiers
Vorotek V Scope - LED Illumination with Converged Binoculars
Vorotek LED HeadLight – Surgical quality LED Illumination
Vorotek EndoLight - LED Illumination for Endoscopes

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