What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical cameras & video systems?
I believe image quality should be the first and foremost important consideration when choosing a new surgical camera. That being said, it’s not always easy or a good idea to choose a camera based on the manufacturers specifications. The best way to judge a systems capability of reproducing accurate color is by conducting an onsite demonstration. This enables the surgeon and nurse support team to accurately determine if the camera lives up to everyone’s expectations.
Choosing a camera that integrates well with your installed system is important on a few levels. Firstly, the camera’s video output will need to be compatible with the monitor or switching system. Asking these questions in the planning stages will save time and money if the camera requires different interfaces. You should look for a camera that provides a wide variety of outputs including, HDSDI, DVI-D, Component, Composite, S-Video. If it’s being mounted on a surgical microscope make sure there is room for the unit and a place to access the camera control unit. For OR Observation, the latest HD cameras transmit over your existing network enabling remote viewing without requiring a dedicated video line being installed.
Lastly, the surgical team should also access the usability of the camera. How difficult is it to adjust the camera settings. The camera should also provide the capability to set up and save specific settings, making the transition from surgeon or procedure seamless between cases. Some new camera systems offer the ability to record in Full HD (1920x1080i). This is a nice added feature even if the room is already equipped with recording capabilities.