Olympus endoscope offers true HD video with Sony medical recorder
14 December 2006
Weybridge, UK. Sony is to deliver 150 high definition
(HD) medical recorders to leading endoscope manufacturer, Olympus.
Olympus’s new HD endoscopic camera unit combined with the Sony PDW-70MD
medical recorder will offer true 1080i HD video recording and the first
end-to-end, HD endoscopic workflow.
The landmark deal brings together two
companies working at the forefront of HD medical imaging and creates a
milestone in the ever more rapidly growing trend towards investment in HD in
the healthcare industry.
David Dowe, Director of Sony Healthcare Europe, said: “Sony believes that
high definition represents the future of diagnostic and surgical imaging.
There is a clinical need for the dramatic increase in image clarity that HD
provides. This deal signifies a complete shift change: medical practitioners
are demanding the benefits of HD and we are responding to that challenge.”
Dowe added: “This significant and strategic investment in Sony HD technology
signals that leading manufacturers like Olympus recognise that HD is the
future. Sony has a long track record of leading development in HD technology
in all fields. We are proud to be working on the important and inevitable
transition from Standard Definition to HD in healthcare.”
for Olympus said: “Like Sony, we recognise the enormous benefit to patients
of HD imaging and as such the Excera represents the highest standard of
endoscope in the world. We needed to be sure that our technology partners
could offer us with this level of image quality.”
The PDW-70MD, uses industry-standard MPEG-2 video compression. The
recorder can store up to two hours of HD video on a single disc. Similar to
the conventional consumer Blu-ray format, it has been adapted for
professional use and delivers faster read/write speed and neutral formatting
for increased flexibility. It features a robust polycarbonate casing for
shock and dust protection.