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Surgical Video's Next Big Things

Don't look now, but it might be time to start thinking about replacing your facility's 4K monitors.

Kendal Gapinski

Kendal Gapinski, Contributing Editor


Mount Sinai Health System
SEEING IS BELIEVING Joshua Bederson, MD (right), believes combining 3D technology with 4K images is a game-changer in surgical imaging.

Doesn’t it feel like every time you turn around there’s a new and better video system hitting the market? You probably remember that soon after hanging high-definition monitors in your ORs, 4K ultra-high-definition became the gotta-have-it upgrade. Well get ready, because emerging technologies are once again pushing the envelope of what can be seen during surgery, from 4K images combined with 3D technology to packing more pixels on screens with, yes, 8K resolution.

Enhancing 4K with 3D

For many, 4K ultra-high-definition video is the gold standard in the OR. It’s derived from a 3,840 x 2,160-pixel matrix to provide crisp and clear images. The latest 4K systems boast higher-resolution images and several features designed to improve the surgeon’s precision as he moves through the body: the ability to magnify an image on the screen 10 to 30 times with virtually no pixelation; enhanced color profiles with more detail; and the ability to use smaller 5 mm scopes with features such as autofocus that keep images sharp as the surgeon moves the camera within the surgical field.

Neurosurgeon Joshua Bederson, MD, chairman of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, notes that the real magic happens when you combine the clarity of 4K video with the enhanced depth perception of 3D images.

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