Video communication plays an essential role in the medical field. Videoconferencing can be used to consult specialists on the opposite end of the globe, so that they can provide their expert medical opinion. Students can observe a medical procedure, even a complex surgery, live via video feed in the classroom, to give them a firsthand look at how it’s performed. But remote communication is only one use for video in the healthcare industry. It’s also an important diagnostic tool.
Video imaging technology captures footage of the inside of a patient’s body and streams it to a screen on which a doctor can observe it. Whereas an X-ray provides a still, black and white photo, video imaging provides a live, full color, moving image of exactly what’s going on. Computed Tomography (CT) scans hone in on a specific portion of the body, producing images in slices using tomographic waves. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans can supplement these images by creating complete, moving, 3D pictures of the body’s processes.
The increased clarity provided by modern medical imaging tools improves the diagnostic process considerably and allows for faster, better treatment. And the clearer the image, the better look the doctor can get at the problem, and the faster and more accurately they can reach a diagnosis and determine a treatment. Because of this, 4K video resolution is essential for the healthcare industry.
4K Video Resolution
4K video resolution goes beyond the simple image clarity of HD. Used as video displays for corporate conferences, as well as very expensive state of the art home theaters, it’s sometimes referred to as “Ultra HD,” boasting a horizontal resolution of 4,000 pixels. It provides some of the clearest and most detailed images currently available with today’s technology, more than twice the resolution of 1080p.
But more than just a tool for wealthy movie aficionados, 4K video is the ideal resolution for the medical industry. It provides a complete, vivid, livestreamed video image of exactly what’s going on in the patient’s body, down to the cellular level. By creating a 3D image in this resolution, the doctor can view it from all sides, for a more complete diagnosis.
The one major issue with 4K video resolution in the medical field is the processing power that it requires. Streaming images of that size and quality, particularly for any length of time, requires a tremendous amount of memory, that the average medical computer isn’t capable of handling. However, as technology continues to progress, new equipment is being developed to accommodate the increased processing need and provide doctors with better, higher quality tools to improve their medical practice on a number of different levels.
The medical field is all about getting a glimpse into the human body. Sometimes this is done with a simple examination and diagnosing of symptoms. But other times, a doctor literally needs to be able to see what a patient’s body is doing. And the better they can see into their patient’s body, the better they can find out what’s going on, and treat them. 4K video resolution is the most advanced and efficient way of doing that. It’s revolutionizing both the video and medical fields. And it’s the closest thing we currently have to a live view of the inner workings of the human body.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at email@example.com