DARPA’s Battlefield Robot Medic to Deploy in 2009

  This year is the 50th anniversary of DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon research arm who turns science fiction fantasy into military reality.  DARPA conducts high-risk military research and in the process develops amazing medical technology.  To kick things off right at their 3-day DARPA tech conference (or official site here) they announced the upcoming […]

Photographic Archiving – Insight for the OR From the Library of Congress

As part of my posts on my research on high definition surgery (and its recording) in the operating room, I posted on the limitations of still photo archiving in the operating room and potential future advances from new compression systems. I received a great email today from Ronald Murray.  Ron is a Digital Conversion Specialist (& Registered Biological Photographer) […]

New HD Photo Compression System Could Help Surgical Archiving

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that the Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) is considering standardization of the company’s HD Photo file format. Tentatively titled “JPEG XR,” HD Photo was introduced with the release of Windows Vista. Medical Opportunity?While not as glamarous as a fashy new gizmo the file format could provide an opportunity to obtain very […]

How We Recorded the World’s Highest Resolution Surgical Footage

  My last post outlines the equipment I used to perform the world’s highest resolution endoscopic surgery.  Here I wanted to share what we had to do the record the footage at full HD resolution to get it to National Geographic for their HD feature “Inside the Living Body”.  Archiving HD surgical footage has been […]

World’s Highest Resolution HDTV Surgical Camera – Ever! – First Exclusive Evaluation

  I have previously posted about my research on the use of high definition TV (HDTV) for surgical endoscopy.  I am honored to have participated in the evaluation of the highest resolution surgical system ever created which I used to capture the footage showcased in the amazing upcoming National Geographic HD special “Inside The Living […]

National Geographic’s The Living Body: DITM Featured in World’s First HDTV Broadcast of Surgical Procedure

I’ve mentioned the National Geographic Special “The Living Body” and wanted to fill you in on why this is such an exciting project for me.  The show follows a woman from birth through life and death and traces the function of all of her bodily systems.  It will feature my surgical laparoscopy footage as the world’s […]

Grand Rounds Is Up!

Grand Rounds is upat medviews - this weeks he has a very wide range of great pieces – unencumbered by themes.  I appreciate him including my post on cadaveric surgical implants – and why synthetic is a much better route to take.  Doc in the Machine takes exception to the use of cadaveric disks for spinal […]

Biotech Missteps: Would You Prefer a Synthetic Implant or One From A Human Cadaver?

Yahoo is reporting on a Lancet study of a new spinal surgery “breakthough” today – the use of a spinal disk transplant from a cadaver by Chinese doctors.  One step forward, two giant leaps backwards.  The move towards cadaveric implants in a era of evolving synthetic disks is a move in the wrong direction.  Reasons […]