Live Operating Room Broadcast
Last October was held in Barcelona the 55th Congress of Urology, a Congress of international fame where renowned doctors perform live operations and comment live cases.
This time, the complexity of the congress resided in the fact that of the 4 operating rooms of the Hospital where the operation was being carried out simultaneously, 3 of them were broadcast live on a panoramic screen. An expert doctor at the hospital guided the technicians to switch the signal of the 3 most outstanding surgeries at all times. The technical complexity of emitting 3 operating rooms simultaneously and by broadband was very high, but the transmission during the 3 whole days that the Congress lasted was uninterrupted and a resounding success.
At the technical level, two groups of people were formed; those who operated the equipment in the Hospital and those in the Hotel, equipping both spaces with the latest technology equipment for the control of all signals (such as Barco’s E2), since more than 30 audio and video sources were coming from the operating room, which had to be processed and broadcast to the Auditorium.
In the Hotel a retro projection was made with a 17m screen where the three simultaneous operating room signals were framed including also a space for Twitter, so that doctors could publish their comments. Three tables with different moderators were in charge of each of the surgeries, which commented live and asked the doctor who was performing the operation, in addition to gathering questions from the public. The Dicentis wireless microphones from Bosch were used for this purpose.
There were also 3 simultaneous translation booths with their respective interpreters. A booth for each surgery was necessary as some of the surgeons who operated spoke English or questions from the auditorium were also in English. That meant the technical solution implemented was very complex, cause managing the sending and return of audios and video delays were kept to a minimum.
Both the organization and the doctors congratulated the technical team knowing the technical complexity that had been carried out.
Below is a video of the Making Off of the Congress: