Two Israeli companies – Medigus and Tower Semiconductor – have announced their collaboration on the world’s smallest medical video camera.

The disposable mini-camera will measure a mere 700 by 700 microns, or about seven times the width of a human hair.

The sophisticated tiny camera will be used for disposable endoscopes and various medical and surgical purposes.

Medigus, experts in the miniaturization of diagnostic and surgical tools and Tower, a leading specialty semiconductor manufacturer and image sensor provider, expect the innovation will lower the cost of diagnostic procedures, as well as improve curative treatments in growing markets such as Gastroenterology, Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy Surgery, Bronchoscopy, Orthopedics and ENT.

The first samples have already been distributed, with mass production expected to begin in the middle of next year.