20th September 2022, Weybridge UK — Sony is expanding its lineup of surgical LCD displays with two versatile options, the LMD-XH550MT (55-inch) and LMD-XH320MT (32-inch). The new models can be paired with surgical endoscopes, microscopes and surgical robots for precise visualisation in operating rooms, surgeries and training and education environments. The monitors combine detailed 4K resolution, HDR (High Dynamic Range), and Sony’s unique Local Dimming Panel Technology for improving visibility through increased control and precise reproduction of highlights and shadows, along with support for 3D and 2D. Powerful functionality includes improved picture quality to experience more contrast and far less halation of blood and tissue structures, new interface options, upgraded image enhancement technology and an integration-friendly design.
Exceptional Image Quality and Immersivity
The new displays are anchored by detailed 4K resolution imagery (3840 x 2160) that supports 2D and 3D from SD or HD signals thanks to its efficient upscaling capability. They use Sony’s unique Local Dimming Panel Technology for achieving high brightness¹ and high contrast ratio². They are also HDR compatible when receiving HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) signals from a compatible imaging system, selecting HLG in monitor gamma setting mode, for improving visibility through increased control and precise reproduction of highlights and shadows. The new models’ advanced LCD panel and signal processing technology support highly consistent, accurate reproduction of a wide colour gamut (supporting ITU-R BT.2020).
Additionally, the monitors minimise reflected glare, achieving clear, high-contrast images even in brightly lit ORs. With the incorporation of 3D visualisation in HD and 4K, the LMD-XH550MT and LMD-XH320MT are capable of increasing gradation, texture, depth of field, immersion and colour expression – all of which are critical pieces of information in a surgical setting. These new monitors also incorporate upgraded A.I.M.E.TM (Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer) technology for enhancing structures, colours, contrast and shadows.
Connection support for a range of inputs, including SDI (12G/3G), Display Port, HDMI, DVI-D and AC/DC input (available for LMD-XH320MT), means the new displays are ideal for OR integration.
The LMD-HX550MT and LMD-XH320MT can display 3D and 2D signals in HD and 4K. Multiple display modes are supported including side-by-side, picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-out-put (POP) or image rotation of 180 degrees (image flip). 3D PIP/POP multi-image display options include two screens with main 3D/2D and sub 2D picture, or three screens with three 2D pictures.
Additionally, the monitors’ clone output feature allows for simultaneous viewing on a secondary display with various display settings switched on such as A.I.M.E. or PIP, which is especially beneficial for surgical training and education. This also allows users to easily record the same content being viewing. The resolution of the clone-output can be selected from 4K or HD depending on usage.
The new models offer a smooth surface and streamlined back shape to easily wipe liquids and gels off the LCD panel, control buttons, and rear cover ensuring a high standard of disinfection and cleanliness. The displays also feature intuitive navigation and installation-friendly cabling plus footswitch remote control capability via stereo mini-jack for hands-free menu switching.
“Our next-generation 4K HDR surgical displays are meticulously designed with surgeons’ needs and OR environments in mind,” said Ludger Philippsen, Head of Healthcare at Healthcare Solutions Europe, Sony. “With built-in capabilities to make bright areas brighter and shadows darker, as well as 4K resolution and 2D 3D capability, surgeons will benefit from the additional information, detail and depth the monitors provide, especially when working with critical blood and tissue structures. We’ve also enhanced the interface compatibility to ensure these surgical monitors are our most thoughtful and functional to date.”
*1 1,500 cd/m²: LMD-XH550MT, 1,750 cd/m²: LMD-XH320MT
*2 More than 1,000,000:1