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"I use robotics in my practice," says Dr. Soans. "If monitors aren't compatible with the robotic imaging equipment, it wouldn't make sense to upgrade." Working with reps A successful imaging upgrade largely depends on how you approach the vendor-selection process. That means you need to do the bulk of your research well before you reach out to manufacturers of video equipment, so you know what you're looking for and what they can provide. It's also a good idea to limit your search to no more than four companies to avoid feeling over- whelmed with the options. "We worked with three different vendors that we trialed over the course of several months," says Mr. Kaczmarek. In the end, if you're routing a lot of different equipment through your visualization system, having a single, reliable vendor may be the deciding factor. "As an orthopedic surgeon, I use a lot of different equipment — pumps, radiofrequency devices, burrs, shavers and more," says Shane J. Nho, MD, MS, FAAOS, sports medicine specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, Ill. "Ideally, I want one video system to plug into and out of, not different sources [to man- age]." Vendor reps ultimately determine how quickly you can get your new 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • FIND THE RIGHT FIT While you'll want to trial at least a couple different vendors before you upgrade systems, compatibility with your OR technology may be the deciding factor.

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