Archive October 2017 XVIII, No. 10

Improve Your Arthroscopy Imaging

Clearer, sharper views in your orthopedic ORs will let surgeons perform safer and more efficient surgery.

Nathan Skelley

Nathan Skelley, MD


4K video SEEING IS BELIEVING Upgrade the entire imaging system in your ORs, from the camera tip to the monitor, to enjoy the full benefit of 4K video.

Arthroscopic surgery is a great treatment option for patients with joint injuries and conditions. However, tight spaces and too much or too little irrigation fluid can add unnecessary complexity to even the most basic procedure. From 4K ultra high-definition cameras and monitors to "smart" irrigation pumps and image and video enhancement systems, here are the tools your surgeons need to clearly see and work in joint spaces and share the stunning views of surgery with their patients.

There's no clinical proof of a difference in surgical outcomes between standard high-def and 4K. Both imaging modalities create great images that let surgeons operate effectively, but the increased image quality and depth perception provided by 4K scopes and monitors produces life-like images of joint anatomy that, anecdotally at least, help me perform safer and more efficient surgery.

Most surgeons would agree that the improved image quality afforded by 4K enhances their views of joint spaces and helps them appreciate subtle differences in the surface appearances of neighboring anatomy. The improved resolution afforded by 4K can also help surgeons more easily identify differences in tissues when assessing cartilage quality, cuff tears and ligament tension. Surgeons who work with 4K can zoom in tight on anatomy without losing image resolution.

When orthopedic surgeons see anatomy better, they're better able to correct and fix it. A few examples from my clinical experiences offer evidence of the potential benefits of working with 4K:

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