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New Medical Monitor Combines 4K and 3D Imaging

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 04 Nov 2016
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Image: The lmdx550mt 4K 3D medical monitor (Photo courtesy of Sony).
Image: The lmdx550mt 4K 3D medical monitor (Photo courtesy of Sony).
Two advanced medical monitors combine 4K color and three-dimensional (3D) imaging technologies to deliver high brightness, enhanced resolution, and increased depth of field for a range of applications.

The new Sony (Tokyo, Japan) 55-inch and 31-inch medical monitors are designed for use with surgical microscopes and 3D endoscopes in operating rooms (ORs), as well for medical facilities in training and education. The new monitors will display 2D and 3D content in 4K or high definition (HD). In addition to side-by-side, line-by-line, and top and bottom imaging, the 3D transmission method allows SDI dual streaming, making it possible to connect with a wide range of equipment via SDI (3G), DVI, and HDMI terminals.

Features include 2D image display in picture-in-picture (PIP) mode, with the ability to display reference images; in addition, 3D images can be flipped or rotated in 180°. An Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer (AIME) feature allows operators to adjust the profiles and colors of 4K images from endoscopes and surgical microscopes for more comfortable viewing. The monitors also will come equipped with compatible and disposable 3D eyeshields.

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 glass, thus reducing glare and reflection and helping to eliminate internal condensation. The panel also helps establish dark backgrounds for high-contrast images, even in brightly lit rooms. In addition, edge-to-edge screen protection and corner-to-corner uniformity help to maintain the monitor scratch-free and water resistant for easy cleaning.

“Combining 3D’s exceptional depth of field with 4K’s incredible resolution and clarity can change the way medical teams approach their work,” said Julie Holodak, senior marketing manager for the Sony Medical Systems Division. “Building on the design and construction highlights of previous generations of Sony’s imaging technologies, these new medical monitors give surgeons greater precision and enhanced visualization to help them navigate through a procedure easily, and also provide more immersive and detailed training and education.”

The 4K resolution is a generic term for display devices or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels, the standard for ultra-high definition (UHD). Using horizontal resolution to characterize the technology marks a switch from previous definitions, which categorized media according to vertical resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p). 4K UHD has twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p, high-definition (HD) format, with four times as many pixels overall.

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