From 4K 3D, to HD, 3D and 4K Technologies, Sony will Highlight Tools for Surgery, Training and Education
At the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Oct. 17-19 in Washington, D.C., Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division is demonstrating its latest products optimized for capturing, sharing, managing and educating in a surgical setting.
Sony will showcase a range of 4K 3D, 4K, 3D and HD products that redefine visualization and create immersive training and education for surgical applications including displays, recorders, IP solutions and a content management system. A highlight of the exhibit will be Sony’s recently announced 4K 3D 55-inch medical monitor, the industry’s first display to combine 4K and 3D imaging technologies to deliver high brightness, enhanced resolution and increased depth of field.
ACS attendees will also see a variety of products which contribute to a full 4K medical workflow including the LMD-X550MD medical display, Sony’s content management system, the HVO-4000MT 4K 3D recorder and 4K IP converter which allows for the simple and secure sharing of 4K videos.
In addition, 3D solutions will be on display, including the new HVO-3300MT, a 3D HD video recorder that supports simultaneous recording to media and is equipped with network functionality for recording to servers.
Sony 4K 3D Technology Highlights:
4K 3D medical display: Sony’s new 55-inch and 31-inch medical monitors, which are works in progress, are designed for use with surgical microscopes and 3D endoscopes in operating rooms as well as medical facilities for training and education. The new monitors can display 2D and 3D content in 4K or HD, and are designed to reproduce the same level of image quality currently found in 4K/3D endoscopes and other compatible medical tools.
With a slender chassis and narrow bezel, the monitors offer many of the same features and technologies found in Sony’s award-winning medical monitor lineup. 4K offers four times the resolution of HD, resulting in enhanced clarity, higher contrast, and more accurate color reproduction. The increased number of pixels in a 4K image means that objects displayed are more defined compared to a high-definition image, which helps improve surgical vision. 3D visualization is clinically proven to improve surgical accuracy, reduce procedure times and offers realistic depth perception, however, 3D imagery was limited to HD resolution. Now, the combination of 4K panel resolution with 3D expands the visualization capabilities for a surgical team. Other highlights of the monitor include 3D signal versatility, an OptiContrast™ panel and AIME™ image enhancement technology.
Medical 4K 3D recorder: Sony’s new 4K 3D medical recorder (model HVO-4000MT) records 4K and 3D, and supports HD video and stills simultaneously. The new recorder can capture long-form video from 4K cameras focused on the operating field. The recorder can connect to a network, so images can be uploaded and viewed by other medical personnel outside of the operating room.
While recording to its 4TB internal hard drive, the unit can simultaneously record to either a Blu-ray disc (in its internal Blu-ray drive), to a USB flash drive, to an external USB hard drive, or to other external media. This allows easier sharing of surgical video among medical teams and departments.
In addition to recording to the internal hard drive, the unit can also play the recorded video or transport video via network upload to Sony’s new Content Management System.
Sony 4K Technology Highlights:
Sony Content Management System: This new system enables centralized, network-based searching, editing, storage and distribution of 4K and HD video obtained from medical 4K recorders and other recording devices.
Sony CMS can save and arrange videos captured in multiple operating rooms, and enables patient data and other relevant information to be stored and managed together with video data.
The system’s interface is designed for simple and intuitive searches for stored 4K video files, and easy navigation and playback of desired segments within each file. Video can be cut, spliced, or otherwise processed on a user’s computer. Network-connected computers and tablets can easily access the video data stored on the system’s server so video can be readily shared throughout a healthcare facility.
4K Monitors: Sony’s 55-inch (model LMD-X550MD) and 31-inch (model LMD-X310MD) medical 4K monitors allows surgeons and medical teams to view high-resolution images from endoscopes and surgical microscopes while surgery is in progress. The 4K imagery can provide increased visualization during and after a surgical procedure, and for training and education.
The monitors allow for up-scaling of HD video to 4K and feature a slender chassis, front bezel and OptiContrast panel™ that provides edge-to-edge screen protection and corner-to-corner uniformity, while reducing glare and reflection. OptiContrast technology replaces the layer of air between the panel and the glass with a layer of resin specially formulated to match the refractive properties of the glass. The OptiContrast panel helps establish dark backgrounds for high-contrast images, even in brightly lit rooms. It also reduces glare and reflection and helps eliminate internal dew condensation.
These monitors comply with ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020, offering a wider color space than current HD systems. Sony’s original Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer technology adjusts and enhances the contours, colors, and other attributes of images obtained from endoscopes and operating microscopes.
IP Converter: This new Internet Protocol converter is being designed to connect to medical 4K devices and convert video to IP for easy cabling and routing. The unit will support IP conversion and output of analog, HD, and 4K video signals.
The new device will simplify cable management by changing signals from SDI (four cables) to fiber optic (using only a single cable) with low latency conversion delay. By using one additional cable, users will also be able to transmit uncompressed 4K signals at 12Gbps.
For more information, visit www.sony.com/medical.