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Smith and Nephew launches new high definition surgical camera

Smith And Nephew Endoscopy : 20 June, 2007  (New Product)
A new surgical camera system has been launched by Smith and Nephew's Endoscopy Division which is capable of capturing and displaying broadcast quality HD images in in arthroscopic and other minimally invasive surgeries.
The 560 Series 3-CCD High Definition (HD) Camera System, is designed to maintain high-definition resolution through the entire image chain, from the video arthroscope or laparoscope, through the camera head and the control unit, and to the monitor; resulting in clearer, more detailed surgical images.

'Clearer images may result in better diagnostics, reduced OR time and improved procedure outcomes', said Dr Stephen M Desio, an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in sports medicine at St Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

'Smith and Nephew's 560 Series Camera System has set a new standard for arthroscopic and endoscopic visualisation', Dr Desio said.
'The picture detail, colour and field depth are outstanding'.

In any visualisation system - be it in an operating room or a consumer's home - the image quality is only as good as the weakest component.

A high-definition camera will capture broadcast quality images and an HD monitor will display them, but if the technology in between - a consumer's cable box or a medical facility's camera control unit, for example - does not support high-definition technology, the picture quality is ultimately sacrificed.

The 560 Series is also designed to interface with Smith and Nephew Endoscopy's Condor Control System and its 660HD Image Management System for Digital Operating Rooms.

The Condor Control System enables the medical staff to manage the operative environment from a single control panel.

The 660HD IMS enables medical facilities to capture and store high-definition surgical images, which can then be archived with the patient's medical history.

'Smith and Nephew Endoscopy has earned its reputation as the global leader in arthroscopy, but with the 560 Series High Definition Camera System the organization has demonstrated the strength of its technology in other surgical specialties', said Dr Paul Brisson, chief of surgery at St Clare's Hospital in Schenectady, New York, USA, who tested the camera system during minimally invasive procedures.

Most surgical camera systems are adapted for medical applications using technology marketed to consumers.

Jerry Goodman, senior vice president and general manager of Smith and Nephew Endoscopy's Capital Equipment business unit, said, 'The 560 Series HD Camera System was designed in partnership with broadcast technology experts, to deliver superior image quality - not just for arthroscopy, but for all endoscopic specialties'.
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