Established in 1956 to serve the people of Riyadh, King Saud Medical City (KSMC) is a 1,400-bed Ministry of Health tertiary hospital employing over 8,000 staff.
Sharing medical content within the campus – and beyond – was a challenge for KSMC. A particular requirement was the real-time distribution of video footage captured by x-ray equipment and other imaging modalities in the hospital’s two cardiac catheterisation labs that are used for diagnostic procedures and surgical interventions.
As well as enabling hospital doctors to view content on campus, KSMC also wished to transmit video remotely to conference rooms and lecture theatres at its affiliated teaching hospital.
To streamline the distribution and sharing of high-resolution video and other patient-related content, KSMC has installed Sony’s NUCLeUS video-over-IP platform in the two cath labs. In addition to fluoroscopy and digital X-ray diagnostic equipment, each cath lab is also equipped with endoscopy and ultrasound modalities alongside vital signs, anaesthesia and other equipment. All sources are integrated with NUCLeUS, together with Full HD video feeds from Sony PTZ cameras that provide a wide-area view of activity in each room.
Using the NUCLeUS system is simple. Using a touchscreen, an operator in the cath lab can select any image source, routing it instantly – together with associated patient information – for viewing on displays in either lab. Similarly, content can be distributed as needed to networked screens at other locations including auditoriums and conference rooms at the neighbouring teaching hospital. What’s more, video clips of procedures can be captured and stored for later review.
Since the implementation of NUCLeUS, medical students now have the opportunity to see fine details of intricate surgical interventions in real time with Full HD resolution. In addition, the hospital’s head of the department has a powerful resource to help support and direct clinical teams as required.