Video integration changes the way surgeons and clinicians share and view information in operating rooms. Through video integration, a multitude of imaging systems and devices can be managed centrally to display surgical images more precisely while making workflow more efficient and achieving more flexibility in the operating room.
Audio Visual (AV) solutions have been used for many years but require a large amount of cabling and complex configurations in order to secure full integration in the OR. That’s why IP solutions – which are built on the IP network – are becoming more popular. Whereas AV solutions are fairly static and resistant to new video standards, IP solutions are extremely flexible. They require just one universal cable to distribute any audio, video and data signal.
Video integration in the operating room allows clinicians to share surgical video from and to anywhere. In this picture, video sources can be selected via a user interface and displayed on different surgical displays in the operating room.
When using an IP integration system, network latency can slow down video and image downloads. To counter that, some systems apply various forms of image compression. This is not recommended in surgical imaging because compression always leads to quality loss and image artefacts when transferring images.
Lossy and visual lossless compression
Uncompressed video captures every detail, which is vital during image-guided surgery. Images and data are always correct, and there’s no delay due to reconstruction of data. In the operating room, it is recommended for both primary and secondary video distribution. Read more.
IP-based video integration in the operating room, also called “OR-over-IP”, has proven to reduce complexity in today’s operating rooms. By offering a standard architecture, it simplifies installation and set-up times in the OR. Remote capabilities offer additional efficiency benefits. What’s more, IP-based video integration enables backward compatibility with current systems as well as compatibility with new technologies as techniques for surgery evolve.
Integration systems that distribute video in raw, uncompressed format, with no latency, are preferred for surgical imaging, as they deliver the high image quality and transmission speed needed for image-guided surgery.