Ultra High Resolution Video Used In Laparoscopic Surgery (Why?)

As an aficionado of advanced medical technologies, I can only marvel at a laparoscopc video system that has four times the resolution of HD. However, even if I were not being relentlessly remnded by every manner of media that healthcare costs are spiralling out of control, I would have to look at the description of this 4K camera and be struck by its unabashed adoration of the camera without any attempt at justifying — with specific clinical need served — such an egregiously expensive ($4M) camera:

Our good friend Dr. Steven Palter has just performed the world’s first ultra high definition laparoscopic surgery using the Red One 4K camera. The imagery, at four times the resolution of standard high definition video, was later displayed in all its glory in 3D to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on a Sony SRXR-220 projector. Using equipment worth over a million dollars, this is truly the clearest view inside the body ever recorded. As detail and resolution increases surgeons will see and perform better. For this reason I set out to see if images 4 times the resolution ofHD could be obtained through our surgical scopes and if the next generation of Hollywood 4k cameras could be used for surgery. In a pilot project we successfully connected the camera of the future to our surgical scope and obtained the highest resolution surgical images of body ever directly in the procedure. By increasing resolution to this level we allow the surgeon to be actually immersed in images that surpass the live surgical experience. The resolution approaches that of the human eye but it is combined with 10 fold magnification through the telescopes which operate just inches away from the disease. The progress from regular surgical film technology is like comparing sitting in an HD home theater to watching a video on a cell phone.
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Perhaps I am a cynic, but with threats to saddle the device industry with hefty taxes as part of reform, the article above makes me feel as though the device industry is already overexposed.


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