Sony Introduces Medical Displays, Imaging Technology

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Sony 27-inch medical monitor

PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Sony Electronics recently introduced a new 27-inch surgical monitor for use in operating rooms, medical centers, clinics, and doctor's offices. The monitor’s 27-inch viewing area fits in the same chassis footprint as most 26-inch models, so facilities can still use their current carts or boom arms.

The monitor is available in two versions: the LMD-2760MD (digital only interface) and the LMD-2765MD (digital and analog interface), and it displays full HD (1920x1080) images from surgical endoscope/laparoscopic camera system and other compatible medical imaging systems. It also features an unusually bright panel for a surgical monitor, with a brightness of 1000 cd/m2.

OptiContrast Panel technology replaces the layer of air between the panel and glass with a layer of resin specially formulated to match the refractive properties of the glass, designed to produce high-contrast, minimize glare and increase brightness. The monitor has an edge-to-edge glass protection panel with narrow bezel, and the front panel is water-resistant. The monitor uses a Sony technology called A.I.M.E. that reduces noise, improves visibility and can display customized images in real time, using four contrast modes and eight color modes.

The new monitor was one of several new technologies unveiled by Sony recently at a New York City press conference (click here for a related article). New Sony HD and 3D technologies were announced, from cameras and recorders to printers and displays, designed to assist physicians and their teams during procedures, and make the training and education medical students and professionals more effective.

“Technology in medical environments is also going beyond the OR, as traditional audio/video and IP technologies become more accessible and affordable to all types of businesses, including healthcare,” said Julie Holodak, senior marketing manager for Sony’s Medical Systems Division.

Sony business projectors,large screen displays and video conferencing systems are in hospital conference rooms and lecture halls,and visual presentation systems welcome visitors in lobbies and give patients and staff information updates, visual directories and emergency notifications.

MAKE EDUCATION EASIER

Robotic and pan-tilt-zoom cameras are in training and simulation areas, IP “live” technologies and content production tools make training and education easier and allow healthcare providers to monitor patients remotely or confer with other specialists in the same facility or in facilities across the county.

Holodak noted that Sony products traditionally used in broadcast production also deliver technological benefits in medical applications.For example,the same Sony 4K cameras that shoot live sports, movies and TV shows are now used in hospitals.

The Duke School of Medicine's Anatomy Lab recently captured4K footage using the Sony F554K camera.The footage demonstrates how the clarity, resolution and detail of 4K images hold great potential for increased visualization.

Midwestern University is a leading health care training center that uses Sony AV technology in many areas throughout its campuses. Midwestern University is also using Sony’s Media Backbone content management and production system to streamline its video production and archive processes, and capture,edit, and distribute classroom and lab footage.

HIGH-CONTRAST IMAGES

Moffitt Cancer Center located in Tampa, Fla., is the third-busiest by-volume cancer center in the U.S. Moffitt was one of the first institutions in the country to furnish its tumor boards, radiology locations and conference rooms with Sony laser light source projection technology to review and share high-quality, high-contrast radiology images. The Center needed projection technology that would produce radiology images with the high contrast and color definition needed for case review and discussion, deliver an economical solution for numerous meeting spaces, reduce the maintenance and labor costs needed to keep more than 100 meeting spaces running without interruption, and be more time-efficient for the medical staff.

The Sony laser projectors deliver the vivid color and high-contrast images needed by the radiology team and are also equipped with DICOM GSDF Simulation Gamma mode. Moffitt’s medical teams use the laser projectors primarily for review in a tumor board setting after the patient diagnosis has been made, as well as in an educational setting for training fellows and residents.

“In a group setting is where they need to be able to see that contrast,” said John Maass, AV director for Moffitt Center.“So having a projector with DICOM GSDF Simulated Gamma mode, where they can see [what you’re talking about], makes all the difference.”

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