4K technology making inroads into medicine: micro-cameras and surgical displays offer UHD resolution

by on June 28, 2016

Stephan Jukic – June 28, 2016

Given the extra fine, razor sharp image clarity 4K resolution imparts to digital video and graphics, it should be no surprise that some point it would become an integral part of medical imaging devices.

Well this is happening already and in a number of different forms, with one of the most recent examples being the 4K UHD displays sold by a California company called Ampronix, which offers up medical video imaging displays from a number of well-known and lesser known brands that include Barco, Foreseeson and Panasonic, along with Sony, which is already famous for its generally superb 4K TVs and their displays.

One example of these 4K UHD medical displays is Sony’s LMD-X550MD, which is relatively affordable, versatile and robustly sized for maximum video sharpness at 55 inches. The slim body of this particular medical display is ergonomic and also comes with a splash-proof covering for use in even unusual conditions during medical procedures.

Sony has also equipped their display with what the company calls OptiContrast technology and their own Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer system, which work together to create medical images that are free of glare or reflections. Sony’s medical monitor also comes with a Quad View mode, a user-friendly interface and assorted other medically useful features like image mirroring, side-by-side comparison, picture-in-picture and picture-out-picture capacity.

Sony LMD-X550MD 4K medical imaging monitor

Sony LMD-X550MD 4K medical imaging monitor

Of course, this Sony display for the medical profession is just one of those being developed today with 4K resolution and Ampronix offers assorted other models, such as their own Hybridpixx 4K UHD display with the company’s 4KBoxx technology.

This device from the medical imaging device seller’s own brand also offers various 4K image and video exhibit and manipulation options while also including the ability to input as many as 27 different analog and digital signal types, which is a useful feature for multi-monitor and multi-screen viewing.

Finally, along with 4K medical display monitors, the company also naturally enough offers 4K endoscopic cameras, which can greatly improve digital imaging during minimally invasive surgeries or internal examination of patients’ bodies. These cameras are also made by expert camera-manufacturing brands like Panasonic and offer vibrant visuals, 4K clarity and extremely compact size. One example of such a device is Panasonic’s 4K UHD GP-UH532 3MOS endoscopic camera, which is the smallest of its kind on the market so far.

Panasonic’s 4K UHD GP-UH532 3MOS endoscopic camera

Panasonic’s 4K UHD GP-UH532 3MOS endoscopic camera

This little medical imaging camera head measures out at just 1/3 of an inch and comes coated with a silver ion layer for strong anti-bacterial resistance. It can capture visuals in 3D and edits them with zoom-in and cropping tools. Its color enhancement and video processing technology also offers some powerful image reproduction and colorization power for captured endoscopic videos. Furthermore, Panasonic has given the 3MOS endo camera an output of 1600 lines, full 4K UHD resolution at 60p and dual channel output capacity.

In simple terms, the visuals offered by 4K video resolution are a natural fit for the medical imaging industry and given physicians needs for the highest possible clarity from their internal visual diagnostic tools, we’re likely only going to see developments like the above expand further in the medical industry as they become more widely used in hospitals, ORs and clinics.

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