A.I.M.E. technology assists leading neurosurgeon

Featured in Sony’s medical monitors, A.I.M.E.™ (Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer) technology enhances the colour and structure of displayed medical images. Neurosurgeon Dr Toru Mizutani has evaluated the benefits of A.I.M.E. in the treatment of aneurysms, brain tumours and other cerebrovascular disorders.

Close up image of a surgery in progress with an overlaid image of Sony surgical monitor displaying endoscope images from a neurosurgery.

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The Challenge

  • The successful treatment of conditions such as cerebral aneurysms depends on fast, accurate surgical intervention

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  • Sony 4K medical monitors with A.I.M.E. technology used to support surgeon and clinical staff during surgical procedures

The Outcome

  • Monitor images enhanced with A.I.M.E. give surgeon improved perception of fine details, colour differences and image depth

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A.I.M.E. technology seems to provide clearer vision, even when the surrounding spinal fluid is cloudy, decreasing the risk of surgery.

Dr Toru Mizutani
Neurosurgeon, Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Showa University School of Medicine

A.I.M.E. enhances image colour and contrast

Featured in our LMD-2765MD and LMD-2760MD medical monitors, Sony’s A.I.M.E.™ (Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer) technology provides a clearer view of objects displayed on the monitor screen. Colour Enhancement helps clarify tonal differences between on-screen objects, while Structure Enhancement improves visibility and recognition of an object’s outlines.

The benefits of A.I.M.E. technology have been evaluated by Dr Toru Mizutani, who specialises in the surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disorders and has managed more than 300 cases of dissociative cerebral aneurysm.

Dr Toru Mizutani.
Three set of endoscopic images side by side showing how images are enhanced when AIME or Advanced Image Multiple Enhancer feature on the surgical monitors is turned on.

Accentuating colour and contrast

Having performed approximately 2,000 procedures involving cerebral aneurysms, Dr. Mizutani explains: “The accuracy and speed of attaching the clip around the neck of a cerebral aneurysm are of utmost importance to determine the surgery’s success or failure. Compared with the images before (Photos 1 and 3), those created with A.I.M.E. (Photos 2 and 4) seem clearer, and the red colour tone is accentuated by A.I.M.E.’s enhancement function of contrast and colour tone. When checking with the ICG fluorescence imaging (Photo 5), I noticed that similar clearness was achieved with the contrast enhancement of A.I.M.E. (Photo 6). Based on these findings, I consider that there are various possibilities of applying A.I.M.E. to procedures performed under a microscope.”

Supporting a range of surgical applications

Dr Mizutani asserts that A.I.M.E. can be beneficial for medical teaching and training. Its clear images allow other physicians to see fine tissue details and observe the way the surgical scissors are handled. He believes it may also be very useful for conducting repeated postoperative checks.

He is also positive about the application of A.I.M.E. technology to other surgical cases. “When an aneurysm can be approached through the ventricle, a less invasive procedure, a brain endoscopic biopsy can be used. This requires full attention to prevent damage to brain tissues. However, it may be difficult for a surgeon to sense the distance to the target tissue during sample collection. A.I.M.E. seems to provide clearer vision and decrease the risks of surgery, even when the surrounding cerebrospinal spinal fluid is slightly cloudy.”

Set of surgical images showing the resolution of the images increases when AIME or Advanced.