Can Poor Lighting Affect the Success of a Pelvic Examination?

Proper medical lighting is necessary in order to conduct a successful vaginal examination. Ample illumination, seen through various light sources, is expected to illuminate the examination area in order to aid the clinician, streamline processes, and increase detection accuracy. Knowing this, clinicians must ask themselves if poor lighting can severely disrupt or completely deter a vaginal examination. Most clinicians would agree poor lighting makes for many obstacles, including a potentially unsuccessful exam.


The Truth About Poor Lighting

Medical lighting is used during any one patient appointment to help a clinician navigate an examination area, uncover details that would otherwise remain hidden, or ease the stress that comes along with examining a patient. Traditional forms of medical illumination include sources powered by lithium-primary batteries or LED lighting; however, these can prove to be problematics where costly waste handling is concerned. Many states regulate the disposal of batteries, in particular due to the environmental impact risks associated with the harmful chemical’s batteries can leach out over time.  These factors may cause facilities to opt out of integrated speculum lighting altogether, ultimately bringing forth poor illumination.



Poor illumination prevents the clinician from conducting a successful pelvic examination. Without sufficient or safe lighting, it is harder for a medical professional to view delicate crevices or avoid strain on his or her eyesight. Outdated medical lighting can also lead to tissue confusion, unnecessary pinching, or incorrect tool placement. Pelvic examinations require precise attention to detail. That being said, a women’s health clinician cannot afford to carry out a pelvic examination without proper lighting.


What is Chemiluminescence?


Chemiluminescence is a modern light source activated by a non-toxic, user-safe chemical reaction. This alternative is an ideal light choice that does not rely on electricity. Chemiluminescence’s key ingredients are often stored in a plastic cartridge that can be easily transported and installed on larger devices or equipment. To activate the light, one can apply pressure to the physical cartridge. That will release two ingredients which combine to produce energy at a specific controlled rate. A third ingredient will then absorb this energy and convert it to the desired color of light. Chemiluminescent light radiates a no-heat glow, delivering diffused light to the projected area. This light source is an environmentally friendly and user-safe light source.


Chemiluminescence and Women’s Health


The SpecuLume EZ combines the brilliance of chemiluminescent light with the functionality of a disposable speculum. The latest product designed by Cyalume Medical transforms the way clinicians use intravaginal lighting. The SpecuLume EZ is a single-use speculum that comes with a chemiluminescent light insert that exudes optimal diffused light to the examination area without batteries, electricity, or external sources for up to 15 minutes. The speculum and its corresponding light insert boast an easy disposal process, ultimately accelerating patient turnover. There is no cleaning or charging of batteries; therefore, clinicians can quickly dispose of the medical device in a clinical waste container once an exam is complete.


Request a sample of the SpecuLume EZ by visiting Cyalume Medical. Cyalume Medical: Patient care in a new light.

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