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Surgery Comes to the Big Screen in 4K Color

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 30 Mar 2016
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The Olympus VISERA 4K 55-inch primary operative display
The Olympus VISERA 4K 55-inch primary operative display (Photo courtesy of OLYMPUS)
An ultra-high definition (UHD) display unites state-of-the-art electronics with advanced optics for unparalleled vision inside the human body.

The Olympus (Tokyo, Japan) VISERA 4K 55-inch primary operative display transforms minimally invasive surgery into an immersive experience by bringing the entire surgical team into the operation. With an integrated 4K imaging chain delivering four times the resolution of regular high definition (HD), a brighter image, and wider color spectrum, the display allows operating room (OR) personnel to view cases live on the 55-inch operative display, magnifying anatomical features and delivering immersive visual information.

Benefits of the Integrated VISERA 4K UHD system include enhancing visualization in advanced multi-quadrant procedures, in procedures with challenging access, and in deep surgical cavities when using a 5-mm telescope. Structure enhancement allows clearer recognition of human tissue and compatibility with narrow band imaging, while intraoperative color enhancement reproduces more vivid shades of red and yellow and higher contrast levels for better visualization of anatomical structures and precise tissue delineation.

“With the introduction of the VISERA 4K UHD System, we launch a new chapter in the evolution of minimally invasive surgery—the era of big screen surgery," said Todd Usen, President of Olympus Medical Systems Group. “By working closely with OR teams around the world, and our partner Sony who brings the most advanced electronics, Olympus is proud to provide our US customers with the VISERA 4K UHD system for the ultimate visibility and clarity during surgery.”

“The color and contrast in the Olympus 4K image provides superb clarity, unlike any operative video image I have seen before,” said Prof. Ninh Nguyen, MD, of the department of surgery at the University of California (UIC) Irvine Medical Center. “The image is so clear that I was able to see down to the capillary level. [Seeing the capillary level] is important for improved dissection of tissue and evaluating the perfusion of the tissue.”

The Olympus VISERA 4K system, which includes the display and a camera, is the first product of Sony Olympus Medical Solutions (Tokyo, Japan), a joint venture between Olympus and the Sony Corporation founded in 2013. The system incorporates the Sony Exmor R CMOS image sensor in the camera head, and also includes an ultra-telescope with an extra-low dispersion lens that reduces chromatic aberration, ensuring that the system will consistently provide extremely sharp images in true colors, even on the fringes of the visible edge.

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