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3D C-Arm Cameras are gaining traction; providing improved visualization for laparoscopic proficiency

May 9, 2014
Bob Ranieri and Richard Schubert

There are a growing number of clinical studies proving 3D visualization can greatly improve surgical outcomes.   One particular study compared the impact of two-dimensional (2D) versus three-dimensional (3D) visualization on both objective and subjective measures of laparoscopic performance using the validated Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) skill set.  The individuals completed three essential drills from the FLS skill set.  Across all tasks, peg transfer, pattern cutting and suturing/knotting greater speed was achieved in 3D versus 2D.

The study concluded three-dimensional vision appears to greatly enhance laparoscopic proficiency based on objective and subjective measures. 3D visualization produced no more eye strain, headaches, or other side effects than 2D visualization. Participants overwhelmingly preferred 3D visualization.  Physicians are quickly comfortable with the technology and can perform more efficiently and cost-effectively. 
View the study abstract on Pub Med Abstract at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23072406

The development of 3D imaging in C-arm cameras has brought needed depth perception to a host of surgical specialties. While the technology may not have caught on as rapidly as high-definition resolution has, there are strong prospects for 3D imaging's widespread adoption.

As 3D imaging grows in popularity, facilities should consider the importance of using devices suited for this procedure.   Biodex designed and equipped one of its C-Arm tables specifically for 3D Imaging.  The Biodex 3D Imaging Table 820, for use with 3D C-Arm cameras features a narrow, low-attenuation carbon fiber tabletop which is cantilevered to accommodate portable 3D C-Arms. The functional design provides complete access with minimal radiation exposure to clinicians.  Developed to be used for seed implantation, 3D urology procedures, thoracic/vascular, breast and thorax 3D imaging and other general C-Arm applications the Biodex Imaging Table 820 is a perfect addition to any facility offering 3D imaging.

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