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Live 3D Video Satellite Broadcast

of Robotic Surgical Procedure


Laguna Niguel, CA, July 8, 2008

A new robotic surgical procedure was successfully broadcast live and in stereoscopic 3D via satellite during the American Urological Association (AUA) Conference held in Orlando, Florida on May 17-22, 2008.  According to Craig Crawford, President of 3-D ImageTek Corporation, their 3D video products were used in conjunction with Intuitive Surgical’s DaVinci Robot for the live stereoscopic 3D satellite broadcast of a tele-robotic “nerve-sparing prostatectomy.”  The robotic “nerve-sparing prostatectomy” is a new procedure which dramatically shortens the patient’s recovery time and eliminates most of the “complications” associated with a radical prostatectomy (full removal of a cancerous prostate).  The audience’s perspective was as though they were seated on the tip of the 3D endoscope inside the patient’s body.

The 3D surgical procedure was broadcast live from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York to an audience of doctors and surgeons attending the AUA medical conference in Orlando, Florida.  This is a successful follow-up to the “historic” stereoscopic 3D satellite broadcast of a similar surgical procedure transmitted last May from New York to a “Standing Room Only” audience of over 300 surgeons in Anaheim, California, where the surgeon also used an Intuitive Surgical DaVinci Robot for the new “nerve-sparing” prostate cancer procedure.  According to Crawford, the 3D video portion was made easy by using their 3D video products.  The two standard video cameras used with the DaVinci Robot’s 3D endoscope were simply plugged into a 3-D ImageTek 3D Video Encoder which was designed to process and combine the two videos into one video in order to display, record, or transmit a single 3D encoded video signal.  Then, using 3-D ImageTek’s 3D Video Decoder at the receiving end, the live stereoscopic 3D satellite broadcast video was projected onto a large 20' projection screen, with the audience wearing the same polarized 3D glasses you would wear while watching 3D movies at a major theme park.  The 3D video broadcast was also 'interactive' in that there were microphones set up for a panel of 4 surgeons and for attendees in order to comment on the procedure and to ask the surgeon questions during and after the operation.  Cornell called the live satellite broadcast of the 3D robotic-surgical procedure “historical” and received "rave reviews" from the attending doctors and surgeons.


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