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Seeing Surgery in a New Light

The bright, in-depth views of 4K and 3D take surgical imaging to the next level.

Nicole Azzara


BIGGER IS BETTER Large monitors are needed to experience the true advantages of working with ultra-high-definition video.

You'll soon think of high-definition monitors like you do tube TVs — relics of a bygone era. "Ultra-high-def and 3D-HD laparoscopy provide better views, wider color range and a higher level of clarity," says Suraj S. Soudagar, MS, MBA, LEED, principal at IMEG Corp., an engineering and design firm in Rock Island, Ill. "You need to invest in leading imaging technology in order to provide the greatest possibility of best surgical results."

Now is the time to show your surgeons what it's like to operate in 4K and 3D because in the OR, seeing is believing.

HD on the big screen

Resolution is one of the key factors in the identification of fine details in laparoscopic images, says Ceana Nezhat, MD, FACS, FACOG, fellowship director at Nezhat Medical Center and director of minimally invasive surgery and robotics at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He points out that ultra-high-def 4K imaging offers four times the resolution of standard HD systems.

The clearer pictures of 4K provide several advantages that improve the surgeon's precision as he moves instruments in and around critical anatomy, including the ability to magnify an image on the screen 10 to 30 times with virtually no pixilation and enhanced color profiles with more detail. Smaller 4K video scopes are available with an autofocus feature that keeps images sharp as surgeons move the camera in the surgical field through 3mm incisions.

Is it possible to get this type of picture quality on the video monitor you're currently using? Or do you need a larger monitor in order to properly display it? Full high-def has a 1920-by-1080 pixel matrix, compared with the 3840-by-2160 pixel matrix of 4K. Mr. Soudagar says 4K displays are therefore optimized on larger monitors. "The benefits are the clarity, sharpness and wider color gamut," he explains. "Those benefits are fully realized on monitors that let you see the entire picture."

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