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.
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