There is no standard in 3D technology for surgical purposes: various 3D types are used, as well as different types of cabling and image resolution. Also, not every surgery requires 3D imaging. So it’s a pity if you cannot maximize the use of your 3D display by switching it to 2D when that’s the better option.
Also, 3D endoscopes are not always part of the digital OR: sometimes, they’re only connected via a cable, so it’s not possible to stream their images outside the OR, or to translate them into 2D on other 2D displays in the OR. Still, these functionalities can greatly improve the flow of a 3D endoscopic surgery. A flexible OR-over-IP system that supports 3D imaging can process various 3D standards, multiple interfaces, and translate a source video automatically into 2D and 3D, depending on each individual display’s possibilities.
By using a 3D display with a wide viewing angle and minimal crosstalk, you increase viewing comfort, especially during long procedures. And with a flexible OR-over-IP system as backbone of your surgery, you can maximize the use of your entire infrastructure, from the camera at the tip of your endoscope to the images your brain processes while operating, be they in 2D or in 3D.