[Medica] 'XYZ Camera' Allows Exact Color Reproduction in Medical Field

Nov 19, 2011
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics & Digital Health Online
The smaller camera is the XYZ Camera for medical purposes and connected to the CCU (lower left). And the larger camera is the industrial-use XYZ Camera.
The smaller camera is the XYZ Camera for medical purposes and connected to the CCU (lower left). And the larger camera is the industrial-use XYZ Camera.
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Ikegami Tsushinki Co Ltd exhibited its "XYZ Camera" designed for use in medical practices such as telemedicine services at Medica 2011, a healthcare-related trade show that runs from Nov 16 to 19, 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The XYZ Camera uses XYZ (tristimulus value)-type color filters and can take a picture with exact colors.

So far, Ikegami has commercialized the camera for industrial use such as commercial printing. But it decided to exhibit the camera at the trade show because some customers are interested in using the camera for medical practices such as telemedicine services. In consideration of responses to the exhibit, the company plans to release the camera in 2012 at the earliest.

The XYZ Camera can be connected to the "CCU" (camera control unit), which Ikegami released for medical use. If a medical institution has a CCU, all that it has to do is to replace the imaging part.

The CCU has an image processing function. So, the new XYZ Camera is smaller than the industrial-use XYZ Camera, which has a built-in image processing function. The pixel count of the new XYZ Camera is 2,048 x 1,536 (QXGA) or 1,920 x 1,080 (full HD), and its frame rate is 15 frames per second (fps) in the QXGA mode and 30fps in the full-HD mode.