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Special Edition: Surgical Construction - February 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Looking ahead Ultra-high-def laparoscopes now come in a 5 mm size, a reduction from the larger 10 mm option, that allows surgeons to operate through smaller incisions. Smaller isn't always better, however. Downsized images on scopes with inferior light sources could appear dark and dull. That's wasn't the case with Ascension's 4K system. In fact, some of the general surgeons have commented that 5 mm scopes are almost comparable to the 10 mm models, says Mr. Kaczmarek. Now they're able to use the smaller scope on more procedures involv- ing smaller incisions, he adds. Many imagining systems are also integrated to improve workflow in your facility. "Our video images are integrated into one big system," says Mr. Kaczmarek. "It allows us to do CT scans, X-rays, MRIs and real-time ultrasound, and pipe that imaging to any of the screens in our ORs, so those crisp 4K images and video are right in front of our physicians as well as nurses and other staff." While many facilities have yet to make the switch to 4K, there's already talk of the surgical application of 8K technology's 7680 x 4320- pixel matrix. And rightfully so. Research shows this emerging technol- ogy could help surgeons perform complex, minimally invasive proce- dures (osmag.net/Q4FnBx). When Ascension upgraded to 4K in 2019, it positioned itself for the 2 2 • 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 "What we can do as surgeons largely depends on how well we see the surgical field." — Rohit Soans, MD

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