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Canada: BTV+ Provides HD Medical Images via Satellite

BTV+, a provider of secured satellite connectivity, has transmitted live HD endoscopic images from Toronto to the World Congress on Therapeutic Endoscopy meeting recently in Montreal. Such HD medical images, according to the company, had never been transmitted such a distance until now.

The live surgical procedures, which were performed by the Wellesley Team at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and by visiting world experts, were transmitted by BTV+ from the hospital for HD display to 3,000 gastroenterologists and endoscopists assembled at the Congress Center in Montreal.

The procedures at the September event were captured using new HD Olympus endoscopes. Four display screens were used on the Montreal end, with each pair of displays on either side of the stage showing one of two simultaneous program signals. The HD images were shown via a Barco ELM R12-12,000 lumens 3 DLP projector (1600 x 1280). The operating-room camera output used 9000 lumens projectors by Christie.

BTV+ said its platform can reach anywhere in North America, Alaska and Hawaii.