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September 10, 2012

New Surgical Head Camera System Provides Sharper, Clearer Images

You’ve seen them – the shows where the doctor leans over the patient with a camera attached to his head. Now, Panasonic, a provider of medical vision and imaging solutions, has announced “the GP-KH232 series, a 1/3 type MOS full HD remote head camera system,” for surgery, providing fuller, clearer images for better patient outcomes, according to a recent statement.

The remote head camera delivers 1080p full-HD image quality, and allows hospitals and clinics to upgrade surgical microscopes, such as the Zeiss and Leica brands, from standard definition to high definition for clearer images.

The GP-KH232 is a compact and lightweight camera head, with a 16x9 multi format that produces sharp, true-color images. “A 12-axis matrix control with independent color adjustment results in precise color reproduction,” the piece stated. “In addition, dynamic range features enable highly contrasted scenes to maintain their color and detail for both dark and bright operating areas.”

"In this current economy, healthcare budgets are tight and providers are looking for ways to best maximize their technology investments," said Scott Thie, director of healthcare at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Now with the GP-KH232, hospitals can upgrade existing microscopes to capture full-HD quality footage with a new camera head, and reap the benefits of viewing clear, precise images in a surgical application, without having to buy an entirely new microscope system."

The head camera is particularly useful in microscopy, industrial endoscopy, research imaging, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, industrial inspections, pathology lab applications, machine visions and ENT.

Stanford Medical Center uses a head-mounted camera that works like a Nintendo Wii game controller to help in robotic-assisted laparoscopies.  

Edited by Braden Becker
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