Forward thinkers in various medical companies around the world have recognised Polecam's potential for looking over the shoulders of surgeons in the operating theatre to give an unrestricted high definition or even 3D view of the procedure without getting in the way of the medical team while they work.
Polecam can be configured to work with the latest small profile HD minicams and HD mini zoom lenses. It has a highly responsive, remote pan and tilt head, which is controlled by the operator at the back end of the rig, outside the main operating area, and able to react very quickly to move the camera view to accommodate any movement by the surgical team. This overcomes the problem of fixed and rail cameras up around the lights, which can be obscured by surgeons bending in over the work area.
Polecam is usually mounted on a standard tripod and dolly and so is easy to move. Where sterility must be maintained, sterile sleeves are available to fit over the camera, head and boom, with a small aperture for the front of the lens.
Polecam has been used quite regularly by some of the large orthopaedic companies who set up training events for surgeons and also for the sales teams, to demonstrate procedures using their prosthetics and the specialist tools and instruments used to fit them. In these events usually the audience will be in a lecture theatre viewing the camera output(s) on large screen monitors or projectors, and the principal surgeon will have a two way audio link to the audience to enable Q & A sessions. The HD outputs of the cameras can of course also be recorded so that training video productions can be produced after the event. Polecam is also able to mount a second HD minicam in tandem to produce a 3D output. In some cases webcasting has now been used to facilitate a wider audience.
Clearly there are countless other opportunities within the wide remit of the medical industry where Polecam could offer this benefit of showing clearly what is being done by the surgeons and specialists of all kinds so that this knowledge can be passed on in the form of training,but also to offer highly professional content in HD or 3D to those companies who make a business of producing training material.
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