Panasonic’s 4K 4MOS camera solution offers high-resolution colour and infrared images for surgeons during critical surgical procedures.

For medical professionals, the ability to pick up on every detail during an operation is crucial. Modern imaging devices assist surgeons by making visible what the naked eye cannot see, allowing them to the best possible care for patients in critical cases.

Panasonic’s patented 4K 4MOS camera solution supports surgical procedures by providing high-resolution, accurate images in 4K quality. In combination with a series of other components, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of microscopy and endoscopy devices can dramatically improve visualisation for professionals during operations. Further, Panasonic’s camera technology can be used in many different fields.

With the help of ICG/fluorescent liquid in a patient’s body, the 4MOS camera can visualise areas affected by a tumour, for example, when used in oncology. This means that even the smallest of cancerous cells can be easily detected during a procedure. The affected areas are highlighted in bright colours, allowing procedures to swiftly and safely progress. Fluorescence imaging is also used to identify sentinel lymph nodes.

“Thanks to the 4MOS sensor, a camera of this kind can generate superimposed real-time images in 60fps in RGB and IR. The images also appear in 4K resolution without compromising the frame rate,” explains Margarita Lindahl, European Marketing Manager at Panasonic Business, summarising the benefits of the camera technology.

The 4K 4MOS solution can also individualise colour channels. In principle, the images can be generated as a combination of RGB and infrared (IR) or both separately, with PinP also being an option. The colour channels can be adapted independently of one another. The 4K 4MOS solution can also be used for visualising anatomical structures, and perfusion defects and the lymphatic system.

Added value of the OEM solution

The 4K 4MOS system is an OEM camera that can be integrated into microscopy or endoscopy systems. The camera system also allows you to digitally magnify and transfer surgical fields onto other screens, if these are available.

A 4K infrastructure needs to be in place in order to use the 4K 4MOS prism block. OEM manufacturers can produce their own additional system components required for a functional overall system or buy them from partners, including Panasonic itself – who also provide some necessary system components for operational use. In addition to the Main Control Board, this includes the components bundled in the OEM Connection Kit such as the CCU Connector Board, the 3G SDI Board, the TG Connector Board FPC and the Head Connector Board – everything you need for a complete control unit.

OEM customers benefit from key added value here – coordinated components help to reduce the development time of the product, as well as any unexpected risks and unnecessary investments. For Panasonic, OEM means intensive, supportive cooperation. This translates as the engineers working closely with OEM business partners and supporting them by providing tailored solutions – a big help when it comes to integrating OEM components quickly into prototypes.

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