Diagnostic imaging  

Sony launches first still and moving video DICOM capture station

13 October 2005

Basingstoke, UK. Sony has launched the BZMD-1 DICOM capture station, a next-generation device for the medical industry that will redefine the way in which surgical operations are recorded and visual medical information is used in today’s operating theatres.

The BZMD-1 will be of particular use to hospitals that focus on research, training and new treatment methods, as it will enable surgeons to acquire, display and archive both superior quality still and moving images simultaneously from surgery.

The BZMD-1 can capture visual material from a wide range of surgical cameras, including most current and future endoscopes and microscopes, and can record commentary about the procedure at the surgeon’s discretion, as it features an easily muted audio input.

The Sony DICOM Capture Station is the first of its type to enter the market and to fully meet the DICOM MPEG2 standards for video capturing. Images can be stored on a variety of media including central storage (such as the Sony DICOM Satellite Server), CDs, DVDs or even in printed form. The CDs and DVDs produced are integrated with viewing software so that they can be accessed by any recipient.

The new product also represents a significant milestone in Sony’s drive is to bring true High Definition (HD) imaging to medicine and lays the foundation for full resolution 1080i HD, as it can capture HD still images from HD video sources and will be able to capture HD video, when DICOM embraces the technology.

"The expansion of networked storage into surgery will not only help the individual department but also the hospital to bring down costs, increase levels of efficiency and eliminate the loss of media and important patient information." said Philip Vallender, Healthcare Solutions Marketing Manager, Sony Europe. "This new product will allow surgeons to capture, store, distribute and display real time and future-proof high quality images and ultimately improve the way in which hospitals treat patients."

"The BZMD-1 takes surgery into a new era, where hospitals can benefit from archiving both high quality still images and video content. Material can also be used for training, research and even litigation procedures", said Andrew Kydd, Assistant Manager of BPRL (Broadcast and Professional Research Labs), Sony Europe.

"We have listened closely to the needs of our leading customers across Europe to develop this product," added Mr Kydd. "It is a flagship concept that has drawn on world class video expertise at BPRL, our R&D facility in Basingstoke, UK, and is a product that is already attracting interest for distribution beyond Europe alone."

For more information visit www.sonybiz.net/healthcare

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