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    Recording, viewing devices enhance surgical workflow

    Image sensor technology enables capture of quality images, video from procedures

    A pair of surgical recording and viewing devices (Sony Electronics Medical Division) can improve workflow during ophthalmic surgery.

    Matthew Chang, MD, who is in a multispecialty ophthalmology practice in Colorado Springs, CO, said he has used the company’s cameras with the surgical microscope while performing anterior segment procedures for over a decade and has been pleased with the results. After replacing an older camera with the latest generation earlier this year, the improvement in technology was apparent immediately, he noted.

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    “I was blown away by the clarity of the images,” he said. “The quality with today’s monitors is exceptional, especially for the modest price of the camera.”

    With the images produced by the new camera, his surgical technician can also readily know exactly where he is during a procedure and anticipate his needs. She, too, was struck by the clarity, quality, and revelation of detail attained with the new camera, Dr. Chang said. He also noted that the camera was easy to set up right out of the box.

    How workflow enhanced

    The company has tapped into more than a decade of experience with recording and view-ing products to introduce new features that will enhance workflow, according to Evan Krachman, marketing manager and new business development manager at Sony.

    The medical video camera (MCC-500MD) features the latest-generation, image sensor technology for better low-light sensitivity than traditional one-third-sized, image sensor technology for superb image reproduction capability, he noted. The technology also offers HDMI, HD-SDI (1080P), S-video, and composite connectivity options. Multiple views are possible in the operating room since all outputs are active simultaneously. The camera can be paired with a recorder (HVO-550MD)—featuring MPEG-4 recording, USB connectivity, and network recording capabilities—to capture full-HD quality surgical video.

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