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See What's New in Surgical Video

When outfitting ORs, focus on installing state-of-the-art imaging systems.

Jared Bilski


FEATURE PRESENTATION High-definition video monitors are growing in size and quality to provide surgeons with unprecedented images of anatomy.

Surgeons who walk into a new OR expect to see 4K ultra-high-definition images splashed across large flat screen video monitors hung throughout the room. Can you blame them? With more than 8 million pixels highlighting the minute details of the smallest vessels, tissues and organs, improved contrasting ability and a wider range of eye-popping colors, there's no doubt 4K visualization is a major imaging improvement over standard HD. At least for now. 8K video resolution is generating buzz in Hollywood studios and will eventually make its way into ORs of the not-so-distant future. Whether you're upgrading to 4K now or making plans to adopt 8K down the line, here's what you need to know about improving how surgeons see surgery.

Quality and compatibility

Image quality is of course the top priority when deciding which video system to purchase. Is the entire source-to-display system — from the scopes' cameras to the processors to the monitors — true 4K? Does the system offer your surgeons better depth perception and the ability to use different colors to identify tissue abnormalities? These are all important considerations that surgeons must assess during extended trials of each platform.

There are other factors to consider that also play a critical role in your purchasing decision, such as brand familiarity, the relationship you have with the vendor and the platform's ability to integrate with your current imaging technology.

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