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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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tion and a significantly wider color range than 1080p. It's difficult to describe the resolution and clarity of 4K. Some have likened it to wearing glasses for the first time: All of a sudden, you can see much more. Others say it feels like you're taking a 3D-like tour of the knee, shoulder or uterus instead of looking at it on a 2D screen. "I would liken it to going to a movie when I was a kid 100 years ago compared to going to an IMAX today. It's night-and-day different," says gynecologic surgeon Jeffrey B. Frank, MD, one of the original owners of our surgery center. Interesting analogy, Dr. Frank, for the IMAX movie experience is often described like this: You're no longer at the window peeking out; you're outside among the stars. "It clearly identifies and sharply delineates what we're looking at," adds Dr. Frank. "The color is the real color of the organ and the adja- cent organs. It's live. It's as if I was looking directly at the image in situ as opposed to on a television screen." Besides the clear view, 4K's lifelike quality will also help our sur- geons with such depth-perception activities as suturing or separating tissue. For arthroscopy, endoscopy and open surgery video imaging, 4K has transformed our 8 ORs from rooms to theatres. I can already tell you that the sharper, clearer images promote better surgical out- comes, case efficiency, and patient and surgeon satisfaction. The next big thing in surgical visualization We spent nearly half a million dollars on our new OR video system. $489,000 to be exact, on 7 consoles, 7 tablets, 12 camera heads, 12 fused light guides, 4 26-inch high-def monitors, 7 UHD4K monitors, 7 digital printers and 3 video carts with boom arm extensions. We also purchased an assortment of varying sizes and degrees of arthroscopes and laparoscopes to replace our dated and much-utilized scopes. I love that the camera heads are fully autoclavable. We'll save 8 3 J U LY 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T

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