I am a physician and wanted to share the details of a medical project I just completed with RED. For the first time Hollywood’s digital vanguard has teamed up with a surgeon to use tomorrow’s cinematic tools to revolutionize visualization in the operating room. The keynote lecture of the AAGL International Congress of Gyn Endoscopy focused on the interaction of Film and Medicine over the last century. The highlight of the session was the first 4k digital cinema movie of a live human surgery. Details of the presentation are here. This was an collaboration between a fertility surgeon, the AAGL, Sony Medical & Broadcast divisions, Red Digital Cinema Camera Company, and FotoKem. The footage was filmed with a RED one by none other than the Leader of the Rebellion himself Ted. It was edited and converted to a DCP by FotoKem and played off a Sony LMT-100 media block to a 4k SXR-S110 projector.
Amazingly, the surgeons in the conference were able to visualize the surgery they were watching better than if they had been in the operating room live due to the combination of resolution, color fidelity, and magnification on the large venue screen. However, many also commented to me on the film-like beauty of the images.
Additional firsts in the meeting were the first ever 4k microscopy footage also from a RED camera coupled to a microscope from a USC professor. The session continued with Hollywood 4k demos and 3d HD demos courtesy of Vince Pace and 3d HD surgery footage.
The standing room crowd of 1600 physicians had no doubt that 4k was the future of entertainment but also were convinced that the bar for operating room visualization has been pushed higher again. Endoscopic surgery is performed via cameras on video monitors and we eagerly await a future possibility of live realtime 4k output.
I personally wanted to acknowledge this effort of RED outside of their business to innovate and partner with the medical field to improve what we can do for our patients.
Steven Palter, MD