Working in an operating room can be stressful, hectic and physically demanding. One of the roles of digital technology in the OR is to enhance the surgical team’s working conditions, so they can operate in all comfort, make quick and accurate decisions, and reduce errors.
Surgery has always been a ‘visual’ profession: you rely on your eyes to do surgical work. With endoscopes and robotics now having become mainstream, this visual aspect has taken on a whole new layer of meaning. Surgery now also means working with display screens and even remote streaming – at the core of which lays, again, technology. Visual information has extended to endoscopic cameras, room and boom cameras, ultrasound, PACS and patient information. It’s of vital importance that you can rely on this information, just like Andreas Vesalius relied on his eyes when he started analyzing the human body.
So then, what are requirements for visualization technology in your OR?
Medical images should be razor-sharp and lossless (i.e. uncompressed, so none of their original quality is lost). 4K and 3D imaging expand the imaging options widely, so you can really adjust technology to specific interventions. With higher ergonomic comfort, actions can be done with more confidence.
Still, it’s no use to have the best image quality, if the images appear with a delay of multiple seconds, right? You might have the best displays in your operating theater, they need to enable the surgeon to maintain perfect hand-eye coordination. This is again where OR-over-IP comes in. Because this technology makes it possible to share images with no anomalies, in their full original format, and this with almost no delay.
In short, technology should support you so well that you don’t even realize it’s there.