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Archive December 2020 XXI, No. 12

Thinking About a Surgical Video Upgrade?

Visualization, image management and integration capabilities are key factors to consider.

Suraj Soudagar

Suraj Soudagar, MS, MBA, LEED AP

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IN FULL VIEW
University of Massachusetts Medical School
IN FULL VIEW The resolution of your video system must be clear enough for surgeons to easily determine if they should cut or ablate the tissue in their line of sight.

Your surgeons can spend hours poring over data about what they need to do to ensure a superior surgical outcome, but when they actually go into the OR to operate, the crystal-clear resolution of the right surgical video system that allows them to better visualize tissue and the depth of color in the blood becomes a critical factor in their decision-making.

In order to get the most out of a video system for your facility's clinical needs, you need to know what factors to consider during an upgrade. Let's take a look at all the critical components of a surgical video system to help you decide.

Visualization capabilities

For most minimally invasive procedures, the optimal visual path requires superior resolution along the entire imaging chain, from the camera at the tip of the scope to the monitor that shows the captured images. When trialing a new video system, make sure each component is capable of transmitting or displaying 4K ultra-high-definition video, so the images captured by the camera in the surgical field are what surgeons actually see on monitors.

Dynamic response is a useful feature found on some of the latest imaging platforms. This feature automatically brightens or dims light while the surgeon is navigating within the surgical cavity. Dynamic response is similar to the technology that automatically lowers a car's high beam headlights when another car comes into view. Surgeons benefit from dynamic response on their scopes' cameras because too much light reflection can create a blinding effect. On the flip side, dynamic response automatically brightens the surgeon's view if there's too much darkness within the surgical cavity to properly navigate or identity critical structures.

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