This week at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, doctors got a chance to check out the first 5K ultra-HD video of eggs, sperm, and embryos. Yes folks, that’s 5K, or about 14 million pixels per frame. For comparison, that’s about seven times as many pixels as your high definition 1080p Full HD living room television. The resolution is so high that even though we have access to images from the newly developed system, we (and probably you) just don’t have the monitors to properly view them.
The work is an achievement of Steven F. Palter, MD, a fertility specialist and scientific director at Gold Coast IVF in Woodbury, NY, and a former author here at Medgadget, and IVI, a multinational IVF clinic. Gold Coast IVF was recently recognized as having the highest IVF success rate ranking in the USA according to the CDC. The doctors partnered with RED, a famous maker of high-end video cameras that have become a standard in Hollywood and in other industries.
To make the RED camera compatible with an embryo microscope, Dr. Palter engineered a coupling system to connect the devices together. This allowed the team to use the microscope to zoom in at 960X and to then use digital magnification to get much closer, revealing details previously unresolvable using commonly available tools.
“The images are the sharpest, most revealing images of eggs, sperm, and embryos ever created anywhere,” said Dr. Palter. “At this level, we are exploring a new frontier of knowledge about human reproduction. It’s an unexplored, uncharted world and we saw new details of the cells never seen before.”
Link: Press announcement…