Boca Regional First Hospital In State To Use 4K-3D Video Microscope In Neurosurgery

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Staff report

Boca Regional Hospital neurosurgeons are now using the ORBEYE 4K-3D Video Microscope for skull-based and spine procedures.

The neurosurgeons at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute are the first in the state to use the technology for its procedures.

Hospital officials said the technology provides superior visualization, shortens surgical time and enhances patient outcomes through minimally invasive techniques.

The ORBEYE provides the capability to recognize details of a tumor, surrounding tissue, blood vessels and other features, all displayed on a large 55-inch 4K-3D monitor for the entire surgical team to view in real time. It allows instant change between high and low magnification to identify the connection of vessels and a more precise visualization of the anatomy.

“We are now able to view a more illuminated and crisp image of the brain and the direction of the nerve fibers. This gives us a great advantage over more traditional imaging systems that would lose resolution and light penetration in deep surgical fields. It’s like conducting surgery in an IMAX theatre environment,” said Frank Vrionis, MD, MPH, PhD, Director of MNI. “This level of precision provides greater surgical accuracy to help improve outcomes. It may also shorten surgical and anesthesia time, which helps our patients recover quicker post-operatively.”

The ORBEYE deploys an image processing circuit designed to work across a “real life” color range as well as with four times the pixel count of the Full High Definition standard to provide high-resolution digital images during surgery. Because of the ORBEYE’s powerful and fast image processing systems, it achieves real-time visualization with zero delay between the surgeon’s movements and screen display, allowing smoother viewing, precise instrument placement and manipulation of the target location.

“The ORBEYE microscope displays on a large monitor and has no eyepiece. Its ergonomic design reduces surgeon fatigue by allowing for a more comfortable working posture,” Dr. Vrionis said. “This helps reduce fatigue during a more strenuous procedure, especially towards the end when precision is most critical.”

The use of digital technology has made the microscope unit much smaller which provides the surgeon with additional operative space, also making it more maneuverable and shortening procedure times.

Given its large screen size, the ORBEYE can serve as an excellent educational tool. Students and other observers are able to gain an enhanced perspective to better view the surgeon’s hand movements and overall surgical process. The ORBEYE also features recording and playback capabilities so procedures can be analyzed at a later time.

“The addition of the ORBEYE to our Institute is indicative of our goal to offer the most advanced technology to our patients,” Dr. Vrionis said. “We are most gratified to be the first in Florida to utilize this groundbreaking system.”