While not everyone has the stomach for it, the human anatomy and surgery generally have always held a certain level of appeal to the general public. It was back in 1955, that an estimated six to nine million people in the United States watch the live broadcast of open-heart surgery on a child with a heart malformation. Now fast forward 60 years, and it seems something very similar will be happening; except this time, it’s going global thanks to technology.
Only July 28, 2016, a partnership between GIBLIB, which is a platform for medical student and surgeons to share lectures and videos, Livit and 360fly will make it possible for medical professionals, as well as the general public, to view a live hernia surgery from just about anywhere in the world. And the best part? It was filmed with a special camera that allows for a 360-degree interactive point of view.
This aspect of the surgery was contributed by 360fly, who, through a single camera mounted on a boom above the patients, feet was able to provide the optimal angle of the operation and surgical team. Spectators of the surgery will be able to choose their prefer viewing angel via a special app developed by Livit that is available for iOS and Android.
This surgery is a proven testament to how far and advanced with have come, medically speaking and beyond, when comparing it to the bulky, static cameras used in the operating room over 60 years ago.
GIBLIB was the quarterback on this project, and its success has opened the door to a lot of exciting potential in the realm of medical education. Just imagine having these types of resources all that is required is for the onlooker to have a computer and an Internet connection, in some of the remotest places in the world. Not only does the break down borders for the teaching of practical medicine, but it can also help treatment to reach some of the most inhospitable places on earth.
So how good is it? Well for the technically savvy of you, let me put it this way: the camera developed by 360fly will capture seamless 360-degree 4K video with a high-definition image sensor that provides app to a 2880×2880 pixel video resolution and a recording rate of 50Mbps. And for those of us who are less technologically inclined, that translates to a beautiful, high-definition image that rivals being there in person.