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Our requirements were all implemented, especially the real-time processing with the most minimal latencies, relieving the CPU, and better image quality for the surgeon. The time to market has been markedly reduced by virtue of the short implementation time.

Sander de Jonge, Engineering Manager at Quest Medical Imaging BV

Project Results



  • Better image quality and precise surgery with multispectral image processing at tumor surgeries
  • Graphical programming of the Camera Link frame grabber with suitable applications in very short time
  • Change to the new system within two months


More and more hospitals are using image processing systems with multispectral cameras to visualize cancer diseases during tumor surgery. The result images displayed live on a screen during the surgery enable the surgeon to accurately distinguish between tissue affected by a tumour and adjacent tissue during both open and minimally invasive laparoscopic operations.

Image pre-processing and processing now takes place on the FPGA processor, which increases data throughput without loading the CPU and simultaneously achieves the very low delay times (latencies) required in medical technology. New image processing algorithms significantly improve image quality for more precise operation.


  • Multispectral imaging in real-time on FPGA
  • Independent graphical programming of a hardware applet with all necessary image (pre)processing processes
  • Higher data throughput with lowest delay times (latencies)
  • Reduction of overall system costs and time-to-market

Quest Medical Imaging BV, The Netherlands, is provider of an image processing system for hospitals with a custom-developed multi-spectral camera.