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High-Definition 3D Getting Closer To The OR

Mon, 12/21/2009 - 5:53am
LG Display Co., Ltd., an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced this month the world’s first commercial launch of a 3D LCD panel boasting full-HD resolution.

LG Display Co., Ltd., an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced this month the world’s first commercial launch of a 3D LCD panel boasting full-HD resolution.

What does this mean for surgeons and surgical teams? As Medgadget reports, the launch of this technology makes it more and more likely that 3D technology will soon be a common modality to view volumetric, live images in radiology rooms and in the OR.

The need for this technology in the OR has been felt. Recently, companies within the surgical technology industry (such as Sony) have been working to develop 3D HD technology for the OR. This first commercial launch of an 3D LCD in HD by LG, then, marks a step towards this technology becoming a standard in the surgical suite.

According to a press release issued by LG, the new product is a 23-inch 3D monitor LCD panel for use with shutter glasses that delivers full HD resolution. It offers picture quality that is almost twice as crisp as HD 3D displays currently available in the market.

The panel adopts the company’s proprietary technologies such as “high performance 3D exclusive controller” capable of processing more than twice as much image data as other HD 3D LCDs and “copper bus line” to improve on the resolution and picture quality. In addition, the panel is able to reproduce both 2D and 3D images, meaning that users can switch back and forth from 2D and 3D modes.

The 3D display is based on binocular disparity, the left eye and right eye sees two slightly different views, allowing the viewer to feel the sense of depth of 3D images.

Glasses used for 3D displays are largely classified into shutter glasses and polarized glasses. In the case of shutter glasses type 3D display, the signals sent by the display are synchronized with the glasses to realize 3D images. A shutter glasses typed 3D panel is generally known for a wider viewing angle and better picture quality.

In the clinical realm, as procedures become less and less invasive, the ability for surgeons to experience the most realistic view is crucial to their precision in an operation.

With the commercial launch of this technology, it may only be a matter of time before 3D technology makes the leap into the OR to become a common mode of viewing live surgical images, allowing surgeons to see what they are doing in high-definition 3D for a truly ultimate view.

Sources: Medgadget, LG

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