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Movie Technology Meets Health Care Technology

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Anurag Ghosh • updated: 11/25/2008

Technology is advancing in ways most of us never thought possible. But now the Motion Picture Industry has something special to bring to the health care field.

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    It isn’t often that two completely unrelated technologies can combine successfully. But now the Motion Picture Industry and health care technology have joined forces to create a new surgical technology that will improve both teaching techniques and actual surgical procedures.

    Modernizing the Face of Surgery

    Dr. Steven F. Palter MD is working with the AAGL endoscopy society, Sony Medical & Broadcast divisions, Red Digital Cinema Camera Company, FotoKem, Vincent Pace films, USC professor Richard Weinberg, and the NBA to advance surgical procedures. The video technology that Hollywood uses for its High definition movies is now being applied to the system that endoscopic doctors use for their micro-surgeries. Dr. Palter has written a detailed article on outlining this health care technology and the possibilities that it holds for the future of surgery.

    The Technology Behind High Definition Surgery

    “The two major revolutionary developments are 1) ultrahigh definition '4k' technology - which brings resolution to 4 times that of HD and 2) realistic immersive high definition 3D,” Dr. Palter writes.

    Like HD movies, the 4k (4096x 2048) camera can bring out the tiniest detail and clarify it better than even the trained human eye. The viewers wear glasses much like those in a 3D theater and are able to observe endoscopic surgeries more clearly than the previous TV screens and old technology provided. The Red One Camera can “natively record this type of file.”

    Modern Technology and the Future of Medicine

    As medical students receive their training in endoscopic surgery, the new technology will give them a much better view of every detail and improve their understanding of the procedures. After graduation, they will have the cameras and screen available to operate much more efficiently and less invasively that currently possible. Many of the current surgical procedures require bigger incisions and tools to complete. But the new 4k and 3dHD cameras will enable surgeons to mend injuries and remove obstructions inside the patient without the need for large scale cutting or transfusions, because the blood loss will be minimal.


    “Leading Hollywood directors such as Peter Jackson and Stephen Soderbergh today have just started filming the next generation of cinema blockbusters using cameras with “4K” resolution, four times the resolution of High Definition (HD) with 4096 lines of resolution,” Dr. Palter explained. Mixing the latest technology in entertainment and the expertise of an endoscopic surgeon, will be a huge benefit to the medical community and patients everywhere.