State-of-the-art operating rooms are increasingly shifting from the use of traditional X-ray film to the faster method of displaying images on monitors. At the same time, the variety of different picture sources is increasing. These range from boom and endoscopy cameras to C-arms or picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).
State-of-the-art systems that meet the hygienic and electrical safety demands of surgical environments and process the various picture signals while also providing flexible display options are essential for displaying pictures. The new RadiForce surgical monitor series by EIZO is particularly specialised for this area of application. EIZO develops monitors and accessory components ideally adapted to the needs of interventional radiology, surgery and endoscopy environments.
EIZO surgical monitors feature properties specifically designed for the demands of the operating room. The variety of video inputs and a configurable gamma function integrated in the monitors ensure optimal display of images from various applications. The Picture-in-Picture and Picture-and-Picture functions even make it possible to display several picture sources on one monitor at the same time. The video output on these EIZO monitors features the ability to transfer the picture signal to other monitors in the operating room. The signal can also be transmitted to an archival system: either into the PACS database as a compressed video via a video grabber, or directly to a DVD recorder.
Surgical monitor accessories
EIZO accessories such as the Transmission DVI Link (TDL3600) allow picture data to be transferred in digital image quality from any video source to any monitor in the operating room. If a signal needs to be routed along the ceiling to the ceiling suspension or from an external room to the operating room, it is even possible to bridge this digital transmission path as far away as 36m without degradation.
Widescreen surgical monitors
The 47in widescreen monitor RadiForce LX470W from the new EIZO surgical monitor series can transmit a radiological reference picture from the PACS system to the operating room while simultaneously displaying it next to the real-time picture. The monitor’s DICOM calibration and brightness stabilisation features thus make it possible to replay diagnosis pictures. Thanks to the large screen sizes, high brightness values and use of high-quality LCD panels, light boxes and film can be replaced in the operating room with digital displays that provide optimised processes.
Easy-clean surgical monitors
EIZO monitors are available with a waterproof glass panel protector for safe and clean integration in the operating room. The monitor’s clean lines and smooth surfaces provide for easy cleaning and disinfecting. All of the monitors are of course resistant to medical cleaning and disinfecting agents. The monitors are cooled without the use of fans, thus preventing distracting air flows in the operating room. EIZO surgical monitors meet the EN 60601 medical safety standard, with the ability to connect an additional ground cable, making it even possible to install these monitors in patient environments.
The picture quality of all EIZO monitors used for radiology and in operating rooms can be monitored and, if necessary, corrected for DICOM or CIE using calibration and quality assurance software developed by EIZO.
EIZO Display Technologies is based in Karlsruhe, Germany, and is a leading manufacturer of visual display solutions for medical imaging applications. The company’s product range includes colour and grayscale monitors ranging from 1MP to 8MP, picture transmission and system configuration accessories, calibration software and graphics cards. EIZO GmbH is a subsidiary of Eizo Nanao Corporation, a global leader in the manufacture of high-end monitors for medical and graphic design applications, financial trading, and other markets.