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Monitor Makeovers

Imaging system upgrades put the finishing touches on new-look ORs.

JoEllen McBride

JoEllen McBride, PhD


Center of Attention
CENTER OF ATTENTION Surgeons want to work with the best possible imaging technology, but whichever video platform you choose has to make financial sense for your facility.

The equipment gleams and the surgical lights shine in your new OR, but the first thing surgeons will notice are the flat-screen monitors hung around the space you spent so much time designing. Is it worth it to invest in stunning ultra-high-definition video or are the still-brilliant images of high-definition enough of a surgeon satisfier? We asked several facility leaders who went through recent imaging upgrades for their views on 4K and HD and their top tips for adding the technology that meets your facility's clinical and financial needs.

Try before you buy

James Stannard, MD, medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute in Columbia, knew the video system in his 7-year-old facility was reaching the end of its lifespan. "We were faced with a choice — upgrade with the same vendor or opt for a new one," says Dr. Stannard.

Seeing is Believing
SEEING IS BELIEVING SEEING IS BELIEVING Ultra-high-definition displays provide crystal clear, true-to-life views of anatomy.

He had 4 vendors, including a rep from the maker of the facility's original imaging system, come in to pitch the features and benefits of their products. Trying out the systems before making a decision had a big influence on which vendors made the final cut. Only 2 of the vendors brought in systems that the surgeons could check out during their pitches. When it came down to deciding which system to go with, the 2 vendors who brought in platforms the surgeons could trial were the only ones Dr. Stannard and his colleagues considered.

"We let our orthopedic surgeons decide which system they liked best and ended up going with a different vendor," says Dr. Stannard. The new vendor offered a 4K system that had remarkably better picture quality than their old 1080p HD system.

Missouri Orthopaedic didn't spend more to switch vendors. "One system had a more expensive maintenance contract, while the other had a higher up-front cost," explains Dr. Stannard. "So the total investment ended up being roughly equivalent."

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