Sony to Launch Recorders, Printers for Ultrasonic Diagnostic Equipment

May 13, 2014
Jyunichi Oshita, Nikkei Digital Health
The medical recorder (left) and hybrid graphic printer (right) exhibited at Ultrasonic Week 2014, a trade show on ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, which took place from May 9 to 11, 2014, in Yokohama, Japan
The medical recorder (left) and hybrid graphic printer (right) exhibited at Ultrasonic Week 2014, a trade show on ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, which took place from May 9 to 11, 2014, in Yokohama, Japan
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Sony Corp will release two types of camcorders for ultrasonic diagnostic equipment May 19, 2014, and two types of medical graphic printers for ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, etc June 15, 2014.

Sony will release them because analog video systems used for medical practice are rapidly being replaced with digital systems. The company considers that its medical business will grow in the mid and long terms and plans to further expand its product line in the medical field including recorders, printers, monitors and other peripheral devices.

The camcorders for ultrasonic diagnostic equipment are "HVO-550MD" and "HVO-500MD." They are both successors to the "DVO-1000MD" medical DVD recorder and capable of transmitting image data via a network. They support HD (1,280 x 720 pixels) and SD (720 x 576 pixels) and can record up to 348 hours of video in a 500-Gbyte built-in HDD.

The medical graphic printers are "UP-X898MD" and "UP-991AD." The former is targeted mainly at ultrasonic diagnostic equipment and supports the input of video signals and the input of digital images from computers. The latter is expected to be connected to surgical devices such as X-ray systems. They support various print formats and have a function that enables to easily adjust image quality.