Hollywood meets hospital to provide safer surgery

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Step aside Mad Max: Fury Road, hospitals are now using ultra-high definition (4k) imaging used in films to provide safer surgery for patients.

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital is the first in Australia to install 4k imaging equipment into its operating theatres.

The improved imaging equipment allows surgeons to see in clearer detail and contrast, enhancing surgery and resulting in better outcomes for patients.

Sunshine Coast orthopaedic surgeon Dr George Parker said there was a big difference using the 4k pictures, which make tissues and ligaments easier to distinguish.

“This is incredibly important as greater resolution is directly related to better patient outcomes. During surgery, just a few millimetres can make a big difference.

“In most cases, the provision of these extremely high resolution images will also enable surgeons to reduce patient surgery times, potentially resulting in the patient experiencing less trauma and bleeding,” he said.

The 4k camera system, supplied by Device Technologies Australia, has already been used in more than 50 procedures since the October installation.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Bernard Tamba-Lebbie said it will only be a matter of time before this technology was adopted in Australia and around the world for best practice.

“I am extremely proud this Hollywood technology is not just available to excite movie goers but is actually making a positive difference to the lives of patients right here on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital General Manager, Wallis Westbrook said the hospital will continue to invest in new technology to provide the highest level of care to Sunshine Coast patients and the community.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this breakthrough new service and continue our long commitment of providing leading-edge, quality and trusted healthcare services to this region,” Mr Westbrook said.

To understand how advanced 4k imaging is, it offers four-times the resolution of the 1080p Blu-ray discs. James Bond Spectre and Mad Max: Fury Road used 4k imaging equipment in their production that resulted in high quality images onscreen.

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