Award for Karl Storz Image Enhancement Tools

A household name in Endoscopy and Operating Room integration technologies for nearly 70 years, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., has seen its IMAGE 1 SPIES™ Visualization Enhancement Tools system recognized as a 2014 Innovation of the Year by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) during the MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY WEEK Annual Meeting & Endo Expo 2014 in Las Vegas.

Background

KARL STORZ says it creates video solutions to enhance surgeons’ capabilities so they can more readily deliver exceptional levels of care to patients… which is another way of saying good image quality sells.

The company’s new IMAGE 1 SPIES system targets delivery of superior views of challenging anatomical areas during complex surgeries, ranging from skull base and orthopedic to gynecologic, urologic and thoracic.

The clever bit seemingly lies in the image enhancement algorithms which automatically identify and brighten dark areas of an image, without lag time. Combined with new FULL-HD three-chip camera heads, IMAGE 1 SPIES adjusts those dark areas in real time, avoids overexposure and reflections, in total providing a clear view of both bright and dark regions…and everything in between.

The nub, for laparoscopic surgeons, is that clear differentiation of key tissue areas makes surgical intervention safer and more efficient.

Company comments

“What really makes this new technology distinctive is SPIES CLARA, which enhances the brightness of dark areas to more evenly illuminate different parts of the endoscopic images,” says Thomas Prescher, PhD, Director of Upstream Marketing, KARL STORZ.

“The software app addresses a common problem in laparoscopy whereby the camera illuminates some parts of the tissue more than others, especially in deep or ‘keyhole’ surgical approaches. The system also includes SPIES CHROMA, which enhances the video image’s red color contrast in tissue to enable surgeons to better visualize blood vessels. And, for many types of surgical procedures, selecting the CLARA plus the CHROMA settings combines both apps to offer an optimal viewing experience for use in those specific applications.”

Source: Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc., Business Wire

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