University Hospital Tübingen Invests in Ikegami 4K-UHD and Full-HD Medical Cameras

Ikegami, a leading producer of high-definition and ultra-high-definition imaging and display equipment for broadcast, process-control and high-end medical applications worldwide, announces the delivery of 28 cameras to the University Hospital Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg. Headed by medical director Prof. Dr. Bartz-Schmidt, the hospital provides teaching, research and advanced medical services as one of the university's 17 clinics.

 "This is a highly prestigious order from one of the largest and most important ophthalmic medical centers in Germany," comments Zeljko Romanic, Industrial and Medical Video Division Manager, Ikegami Electronics (Europe). "The cameras will be integrated into new building which is nearing completion. We provided and installed the camera systems in cooperation with our partner and distributor Bildsysteme Horn."

 "The project includes 25 Ikegami MKC-210HD Full-HD cameras. These will be used to capture real-time video from slit-lamp biomicroscopes which allow detailed inspection of the front segment of each patient's eyes. The cameras are equipped to allow monitoring and recording of the entire examination."

"University Hospital Tübingen has also taken delivery of three Ikegami MKC-750UHD 4K cameras, making it one of the first medical facilities in Europe to invest in the 4K ultra-high-definition format. The MKC-750UHD cameras will be deployed in an operating suite specialising in advanced treatment of macula degeneration and retina disorders as well as for neuro-ophthalmology and refractive surgery. The UHD resolution and very high quality of Ikegami 4K medical cameras opens new possibilities for studying eye conditions in very precise detail. Studying medical conditions at this very advanced level demands very good doctors, very good microscopes and very good cameras. University Hospital Tübingen now has them all." 

Ikegami's first 4K 3-sensor medical camera, the MKC-750UHD is a full 4K ultra-high-definition camera. Introduced at MEDICA 2015, it is designed to capture video of surgical operations as well as attachment to microscopes or endoscopes. The integral 3840 x 2160 pixel UHD 3-CMOS optical sensor is capable of resolving much higher image detail than high-definition cameras. 

The MKC-750UHD can output pictures in UHD and full HD, allowing use with existing HD monitors as well as UHD displays. An image correction function enables the camera to express high image resolution in detail. Also included is a gradation correction function which delivers high contrast without over-exposure or black-crushing. 

Structurally, the MKC-750UHD consists of miniature camera head with integral optics. The head connects via cable to a mains-powered compact control unit (CCU). The camera and CCU have an antibiotic coating to assist infection control. All major camera functions, plus the ability to record video and capture still images, can be controlled from the front panel of the CCU.

The Ikegami MKC-210HD employs a single 2.1 megapixel Full HD 1/3-inch CMOS sensor to deliver 900 TV line of horizontal definition video images. Providing f/7 at 2000 lux high sensitivity performance, it delivers the video quality required for high-end medical video system. Optimized signal processing circuitry achieves a high signal-to-noise ratio of 50 dB. Video signal processing is performed in the same application-specific integrated circuit as Ikegami's HDTV broadcast cameras, ensuring the same high level of quality and reliability.


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