Surgical displays are used in hospitals to offer fast, real-time visualization of complex patient anatomy, demonstrating a clear picture of the operating room through a series of multiple displays. The most common surgical display is the operating theater video system or OTV. It allows the surgeons and other personnel to view the operation in real time from a distance. The OTV is connected to multiple monitors so multiple views can be offered simultaneously. However, there are some surgical displays that only show one side of the patient’s body at a time, so they are less well suited to multi-tasking and do not offer the same level of detail as an OTV.
The latest addition to the surgical displays line is the robotic version. Robotic surgical displays allow surgeons to view the surgical field without having to remove and put on any protective gear. Instead, a surgeon uses a handheld or wireless device to manipulate the robotic system. Using data collected by the system, the surgeon can see whether a scar is closing or whether tissue has been removed. Through data collected from the device, the surgeon can make quick adjustments and alterations that will help preserve as much of the anatomical structure as possible.
Another medical display option is the use of medical grade displays. Medical grade devices have higher definition than normal LCD or plasma displays, providing a clearer image and greater visual clarity. However, they are not appropriate for every situation, since some high-definition television programs require the use of a high-speed internet connection to stream their content. In this case, high-definition television (HD) could be the only option.
For smaller or more limited viewing applications, there are smaller, hand-held, or stand-alone viewing devices that are easily transported to various viewing locations and used in the operating room. These devices allow surgeons and other staff members to view live or moving images around the operating room on a large monitor, without having to move from their seats or desks. Surgeons who are in the process of operating may benefit greatly from viewing a preoperative or postoperative image in the operating room displays, to make the decision about their procedure or the next step easier.
In addition to viewing the screen or monitor in a medical setting, medical displays also provide a highly accurate color display of tumors, tissue, or other abnormalities. With the use of an ultra-high resolution or ultra-wide-screen monitor, you can watch live images of a malignant or benign growth as it grows. The most accurate color imaging allows the surgeon to make quick decisions about potentially removing the growth. Or, the surgeon can view a small section of tissue that is growing and make the decision about further treatment.
Since the introduction of medical grade surgical displays into the operating field, the number of correct decisions made by surgical staff has dramatically improved. Surgical professionals no longer have to rely on handwritten notes, making their work more difficult and potentially resulting in inaccurate treatment. With the proper display and a trained staff, surgical displays and color lasers can help optimize surgical care for patients everywhere.