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Seeing Is Believing

Brilliant high-def monitors and stunning 3D images are revolutionizing surgical video's eye-popping potential.

Jim Burger

Jim Burger, Senior Editor


surgical video advances SHOW TIME The incredible quality of surgical video advances is worth a look.

It's only a matter of time before basic high-definition video is as passé in the OR as standard-definition seems now. "I look back at what we had and what a lot of people are still using, and I would never want to go back," says Daniel D. Eun, MD, who performs all of his robotic surgeries with 3D visualization at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He's not the only surgeon who wants to operate in facilities with state-of-the-art video displays. From crystal-clear ultra high-definition monitors to the detail and depth perception afforded by 3D technology, the future of surgical video looks bright (and lifelike).

surgical team members MULTIPLE SCREENS Routing video to monitors around the OR lets surgical team members follow the surgeon's progress.

Life-saving detail
"I get patients sent to me on a regular basis that surgeons don't want to perform open surgeries on," says Dr. Eun, speaking about the benefits of 3D. "There's no question in my mind that we're providing a better way to operate on people. I can do a better operation because I can see in greater detail."

How much better? According to Dr. Eun, binocular vision and the added dimension of 3D provide him with 10 times the magnification of 2D video. A lot of surgeons who do detailed work during open procedures essentially have a magnifying glass mounted on a pair of glasses, says Dr. Eun. "Not only do I have magnification on the field that's greater than what they have," he adds, "but I also see under and around structures.

"If there's a 1-inch gap between layers, surgeons doing open procedures have to work really hard with retractors to get the light down there to where you can see," he continues. "Whereas with tiny instruments and an 8 mm camera, I can snake into that little sliver where you would never be able to see in great detail, and I can see things like I'm in a large room."

That intimacy and that ability to clearly judge depth can be a huge and potentially life-saving advantage, says Robert Owens, MD, an otolaryngologist at the Owens Ear Center in Dallas, Texas. "You see high-powered drills right next to patients' carotid arteries, and a millimeter too far could be lethal," says Dr. Owens. "If I'm training a resident, I'm able to say, 'Stop, you're getting too close.' With 2 dimensions, I can't easily perceive how deep they are."

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