Technology company Sony is planning to release a new version of its NUCLeUS medical imaging platform for hospitals in December.

The release is subject to 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration. The upgraded platform aims to provide improved digital imaging workflow and efficiency, along with video and audio information across hospitals.

Sony added that the NUCLeUS platform offers improved training and education tools and cost-effective management of medical image content. It comes with a real-time transmission feature to facilitate informed decisions.

The vendor-neutral platform is intended to enhance imaging applications and services across operating and examination rooms, as well as interventional suites.

Sony Electronics pro division president Theresa Alesso said: “With the next generation of the NUCLeUS platform, Sony will offer a modality-neutral, digital solution that will efficiently address the demands of OR managers and integrators.

“As connected devices gain a foothold in hospitals, clinicians will gain new capabilities to centrally collect, store and distribute medical imaging files across a hospital network, enabling more effective and informed patient care.”

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The company has added multi-format and multi-standard resolution up to 4K, audio and video recording functionalities, as well as improved image audio and video features to the new version of the platform.

Improvements also include real-time communication tools for education and teaching purposes and smart applications, including rotation correction, to improve workflow.

The NUCLeUS platform can also extend to additional rooms or hospitals. It allows encrypted remote and preventive maintenance.

University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium, has already deployed the platform in 34 of its digital operating rooms.

Furthermore, Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden, installed 31 NUCLeUS systems for management of video-based workflows in operating rooms, as well as external connection to lecture rooms and auditoriums and remote advisory through telestration.

Sony claims that the next-generation platform is the result of its 2016 acquisition of Belgium-based eSATURNUS, a provider of clinical video-over-IP solutions for the medical field.