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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Megatrends - January 2018

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with imaging technology that's as primitive as a first-gen iPhone. Surgeons used to staring at standard high-definition screens will realize a clear clinical benefit the first time they work off of the crisp, lifelike images on ultra-high-definition 4K monitors, says Nathan W. Skelley, MD, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute of the University of Missouri in Columbia. 4K imaging, which offers 4 times the resolution and a much broader color range than standard high definition, lets surgeons zoom in on minute anatomy without losing an ounce of detail. It provides better views for orthopedic surgeons as they peer through irrigation fluid in the surgical field and improves the ability of general surgeons to see anatomy through smoke and gases in the abdominal cavity. But the conversation about the future of surgical imaging doesn't end with 4K. In fact, it's just getting started. One U.S. manufacturer has introduced a heads-up visualization system that combines 4K res- olution with a 3D view; it also has the ability to delineate between tis- sue boundaries and highlight blood vessels and lesions. Also, one Asian manufacturer has introduced an 8K endoscope with 16 times the resolution of conventional high-def cameras. The technology promises to let surgeons operate more confidently during intricate laparoscopic procedures. Even as the call for higher resolution builds and with 8K resolution on the horizon, has surgical imaging gotten as good as it needs to be? "Moving beyond 4K is going to be difficult," says Dr. Skelley. "Going from 4K to 8K, I don't know if I could lobby for that right now. How much more resolution do you need? I think we're going to get dimin- ishing returns from here on out." The required investment may soon begin to outweigh the potential benefit. To justify the expense in 4K- or 8K-compatible displays and cameras, Dr. Skelley thinks surgeons will need to show significant 5 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8

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