Kortrijk, Belgium, 12 November 2014 — Building on a rich legacy of 4K projection in its digital cinema division, Barco healthcare is now taking the lead in bringing 4K imaging to the digital operating room. The company is working closely with key medical imaging companies as well as some of the industry’s best-known 4K experts.Ted Schilowitz, Futurist for 20th Century Fox and CinemaVangelist for Barco, is convinced that “Hollywood’s cinematic tools will revolutionize the digital operating room.” Ted was part of the team that captured the first 4K surgical procedure on video – providing a resolution which is 4 times that of high definition (HD) – and believes “4K delivers images that even surpass the live surgical experience.”
“With the rise of minimally invasive surgery, there’s a widely-held belief among industry experts that imaging technologies that give the surgeon greater precision and more control and flexibility will become ever-more important,” adds Johan Stockman, Barco’s strategic marketing VP for surgical imaging. “The benefit is that, the more detail the surgical team can see, the greater the accuracy and efficiency of the surgical procedure, and thus the higher the potential for error-free surgery.”
Why 4K is the future
With technology continuing to advance at a rapid pace, new medical procedures are being created that require sophisticated high resolution, flexible image composition and larger display solutions in the hybrid OR. 4K imaging – featuring 8 million pixels compared to the traditional 2 million of HD – lends itself perfectly to high-quality and future-ready surgical procedures, delivering an astonishing increase in detail, more nuance, an extremely high contrast ratio, truer levels of black, and smoother moving images.
4K-ready surgical portfolio
Barco already offers a 58” large-format surgical display, specifically designed for 4K imaging in the cath lab, interventional suite and hybrid OR. A new version of the 58” screen, and a brand-new 32” 8 MP display, have been optimized for 4K imaging and will both be previewed at MEDICA. Barco will also preview a new version of its Nexxis solution for video-over-IP integration in the OR. The new release has been optimized for management and distribution of 4K resolution video sources in and between operating rooms. The 4K-ready portfolio will be introduced in the first quarter of 2015.