With four times the resolution of HD, 4K imaging offers significant benefits during a surgical procedure. In February 2015, Dr Mathieu D’Hondt (AZ Groeninge Hospital, Kortrijk) performed Belgium’s first liver laparoscopy in 4K using Barco’s display technology. “The resolution and level of detail enabled by 4K technology is truly amazing! Our original HD screens already offered excellent image quality, but with the 4K display, you get to see details you wouldn’t have seen before. Depth perception is better too – and contrast and differences in color are clearer. It’s as good as an open surgery,” Dr D’Hondt concluded.
Johan Stockman, Barco’s VP Strategic Marketing for Surgical Imaging, confirms: “With minimally invasive surgery, surgeons are dependent on video technology to make the right decisions. When they can rely on 4K quality, meaning more detail-rich, color-correct images for real-life presentation of the patient anatomy, this may contribute to the improvement of patient safety and clinical outcomes.”
Like all of Barco’s surgical displays, the new 31” 4K display (MDSC-8232) has been designed and approved for use in a surgical environment. Advanced screen technology and color calibration allow for representation of 4K images without artifacts and enable flexible screen positioning during the procedure. Even when viewed from a wide viewing angle, the color accuracy is still superb.
However, in order to get a good image, the whole chain – from camera through processing – has to be in the same quality, i.e. 4K. If there is any variation, the quality of the final image will be affected. That’s why Barco also offers Nexxis: an OR-over-IP management solution for end-to-end uncompressed streaming of 4K images, inside the operating room and between ORs.
The MDSC-8232 is also available with an integrated Nexxis 4K decoder to work perfectly together with Barco’s Nexxis platform for video-over-IP integration in the operating room.
A complete surgical portfolio
Barco’s MDSC-8232 allows the most accurate representation of ultra-high resolution endoscopy images. With its 31 inches, it is also ideally suited for use in the interventional radiology control room, providing clinical staff with a perfect window on the exam room. For use inside the interventional suite and hybrid ORs, Barco also offers a large-format 58” 4K screen (MDSC-8258) for flexible display of multiple images from multiple modalities on a single screen, providing healthcare professionals with a central overview of all available information.