Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center installs advanced VNCI video equipment in renovated operating rooms

Los Angeles 03 June 2002Video Network Communications Inc. (VNCI), an expert in visual networking solutions, has deployed its video networking technology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) as part of a new programme offering numerous clinical advantages to cancer patients. In the initial installation, VNCI video technology is integrated into one of two extensively renovated operating rooms which feature the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art video equipment.


The system dynamically links surgeons in the operating room and specialists in their offices to any video source in either of the two new operating rooms, providing live collaboration and consultations, as well as real time instruction to residents.

"Cancer surgery requires the ability to view tissue details. In order for this visual network to be deployed, the image quality had to be perfect. There was no room for interference or artifacts", stated Dan McGuirk, Manager of Technical Development for the Minimal Invasive Surgery Programme at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. "The VNCI system is the only video delivery system we've found that has the ability to provide the highest quality images required for surgeons to make expert opinions."

This project is the initial phase of a programme underway at Memorial Sloan-Kettering to build twenty-one new operating rooms over the next two years. The VNCI visual networking equipment is only one facet of the surgical navigation technology being installed. Other cutting edge technology will allow for multiple real time medical scans to be layered on top of the live surgical view, providing the surgeons with dynamic access to the information they need.

"We are proud to be included in the current initiative underway at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. This project displays their pioneering efforts and commitment treating and preventing cancer", stated Jack Baney, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VNCI. "This opportunity, as well as our previous technology deployments at the Cleveland and Lahey Clinics, reinforces our leadership position in the clinical enviroment."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is one of the world's oldest and largest institutions devoted to prevention, patient care, research, and education in cancer. Their scientists and clinicians generate innovative approaches to better understand, diagnose, and treat cancer. Their specialists are leaders in biomedical research and in translating the latest research to advance the standard of cancer care worldwide.

Video Network Communications designs, develops, and markets video distribution systems that provide full-motion, high-resolution video networking, enabling video broadcast distribution, retrieval of stored video-on-demand, security solutions, and interpersonal visual communications.

The patented technology allows the VNCI system to use the same wiring as the telephone to bring TV-quality video anywhere there is a phone line. The company's ISDN/IP and Universal Gateway solutions extend the system's reach from enterprise desktops out to the wide-area-networks (WANs).

Leslie Versweyveld

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