Sony launches two-piece full HD surgical video camera


MCC-1000MD is suited to medical microsurgical applications including ophthalmology and neurology procedures

Sony’s latest surgical video camera sets new standards in low-light sensitivity.

Available now, the MCC-1000MD is ideally suited to medical microsurgical applications including ophthalmology and neurology procedures.

The two-piece camera’s light, space-saving design allows easy mounting of the separate C-mount head on most surgical microscopes in the operating room.

The compact camera head combines three Exmor R CMOS sensors with advanced image processing technology to give the MCC-1000MD a sensitivity of F20 plus an impressive 63dB signal-to-noise ratio. This allows the camera to capture crisply-detailed progressively-scanned video images with a horizontal resolution of over 1000 TV lines and minimal picture noise, even in very low light conditions.

Its class-leading sensitivity makes the MCC-1000MD particularly suited to use in procedures involving anatomical areas that are difficult to illuminate during intricate microsurgery, as well as ophthalmic posterior surgical procedures involving the retina and optic nerve areas.

Operating in High Dynamic Range mode with a compatible HDR monitor, the MCC-1000MD can capture surgical images with an expanded contrast range – ideal for viewing wet, glossy or heavily-shadowed anatomical structures that are difficult to visualise accurately.

The camera offers a choice of six Picture Profile settings, optimised for various shooting conditions encountered in ophthalmic surgery. Other image-adjustment features include auto exposure, knee and digital zoom, plus picture glip and Genlock. A special fluorescein mode adjusts image hue and saturation for optimal results with ophthalmological examinations requiring the use of fluorescein dyes.< /p>

Generous signal connections include HDMI, HD-SDI (3G-SDI), S-Video and composite video, simplifying integration into virtually any SD or HD hospital workflow. All outputs are active simultaneously, allowing camera images to be displayed on a second or third monitor in the OR if needed.

Video outputs from two MCC-1000MD units can be synchronised for capture of stereoscopic High Definition video images. These can be displayed on 3D surgical monitors such as Sony’s LMD-X310MT and LMD-X550MT, or stored for subsequent playback using the HVO-3300MT 3D medical recorder.

“There’s been a tremendous reaction to the MCC-1000MD”, said John Herman, European product marketing manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

“The limitations of conventional surgical camera systems have traditionally meant a trade-off between image quality and sensitivity that’s restricted their effective use in demanding low-light applications.

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“The MCC-1000MD is a powerful demonstration of Sony’s advanced imaging know-how that’s continually opening up exciting new workflow possibilities for surgeons in the modern operating theatre.”