High-definition endoscopic and arthroscopic cameras are all the rage nowadays. This new 3-CCD HD camera from Smith & Nephew’s Endoscopy Division is another player in this rapidly growing market.
The 560 Series is designed to maintain high-definition resolution through the entire image chain, from the video arthroscope or laparoscope, through the camera head and the control unit, and to the monitor; resulting in clearer, more detailed surgical images.
“Clearer images may result in better diagnostics, reduced OR time and improved procedure outcomes,” said Dr. Stephen M. Desio, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Mass.
“Smith & Nephew’s 560 Series Camera System has set a new standard for arthroscopic and endoscopic visualization,” Dr. Desio said. “The picture detail, color and field depth are outstanding.”
In any visualization system – be it in an operating room or a consumer’s home – the image quality is only as good as the weakest component. A high-definition camera will capture broadcast quality images and an HD monitor will display them, but if the technology in between – a consumer’s cable box or a medical facility’s camera control unit, for example — does not support high-definition technology, the picture quality is ultimately sacrificed.
The 560 Series is also designed to interface with Smith & Nephew Endoscopy’s CONDOR* Control System and its 660HD Image Management System for Digital Operating Rooms. The CONDOR Control System enables the medical staff to manage the operative environment from a single control panel. The 660 HD IMS enables facilities to capture and store high-definition surgical images, which can then be archived with the patient’s medical history.
“Smith & Nephew Endoscopy has earned its reputation as the global leader in arthroscopy, but with the 560 Series High Definition Camera System the organization has demonstrated the strength of its technology in other surgical specialties,” said Dr. Paul Brisson, Chief of Surgery at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., who tested the camera system during minimally invasive procedures.
Most surgical camera systems are adapted for medical applications using technology marketed to consumers. Jerry Goodman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Smith & Nephew Endoscopy’s Capital Equipment business unit, said, “The 560 Series HD Camera System was designed in partnership with broadcast technology experts, to deliver superior image quality – not just for arthroscopy, but for all endoscopic specialties.”