At ACS, See Sony’s Latest Technology for Enhancing Medical Visualization

by Sony Pro Team 10/22/2017, in 4K, Press, Sony Professional, Medical

From HD to 4K and 4K/3D, Sony Products and Solutions are Helping Improve Surgery and Surgical Training and Education by Offering Improved Workflows, Better Resolution and Greater Depth of Field

LMX-X550MT 55-inch 4K/3D Medical Display

Sony Electronics’ Healthcare Solutions is showcasing its latest products and solutions for surgical applications at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Oct. 22-26 in San Diego.  With a focus on enhancing surgery and education, Sony will demonstrate end-to-end solutions from capture and visualization to managing, sharing, storing and distributing assets.


Sony will display a range of 4K/3D, 4K and HD products and solutions that redefine visualization and create immersive training and education for surgeons including displays, recorders, IP solutions and a content management system.  A highlight of the exhibit will be Sony’s 4K/3D medical monitors, 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 4K medical monitor, 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, HD solutions will be on display, including the 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 55-inch and 31-inch medical monitors, LMD-X550MT and LMD-X310MT, are designed for use with surgical microscopes and 3D endoscopes in operating rooms, as well as medical facilities for training and education. The 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.


4K offers surgeons four times the resolution of HD, resulting in enhanced clarity, higher contrast, and more accurate color reproduction, and 3D visualization has been attributed to improving surgical accuracy, reduces procedure times and offers realistic depth perception.  The combination of both technologies is another way Sony is helping expand visualization for surgical teams.


HVO-4000MT 4K/3D medical recorder

Medical 4K/3D recorder: Sony’s 4K/3D medical recorder, HVO-4000MT, records 4K and 3D, and supports HD video and stills simultaneously. The 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 Content Management System.


Sony 4K Technology Highlights:

Sony Content Management System (CMS): Sony’s secure CMS 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.


Sony LMD-X310MD 4K Medical Monitor

4K Monitors: Sony’s 55-inch and 31-inch medical 4K monitors, LMD-X550MD and LMD-X310MD, allow 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.  They have a wider color space than HD systems and technology for enhancing images obtained from endoscopes and operating microscopes.


IP Converter: Sony’s Internet Protocol converter is designed to connect to medical 4K devices and convert video to IP for easy cabling and routing with low latency conversion delay.  The unit supports IP conversion and output of analog, HD, and 4K video signals.


The device will simplify cable management by changing signals from SDI (four cables) to fiber optic (using only a single cable). By using one additional cable, users will also be able to transmit uncompressed 4K signals at 12Gbps.


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