London hospital advances neurosurgical imaging with 4K-3D technology
Surgical teams at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), in London, will get unprecedented 4K-3D views of the brain and spine during surgery through a ground-breaking new exoscope.
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) has become the first NHS hospital to install ORBEYE – a hybrid between the conventional operating microscope and endoscope. The technology allows the surgeon to see anatomical details with four times the resolution of standard HD imaging and marks the beginning of a digital future in neurosurgery.
Mr Hani Marcus, consultant neurosurgeon at NHNN, said: “This state-of-the-art technology will ensure everyone in the operating theatre can see exactly the same thing the surgeon does. We are confident this will improve communication between the members of the surgical team during operations and allow for enhanced learning and teaching.
“The ORBEYE will also be invaluable during the current COVID-19 pandemic because it can be used by surgeons donning full personal protective equipment. This will allow patients to continue to benefit from less invasive surgery, which will mean less pain, a shorter stay in hospital, and more rapid recovery from surgery.”
The team will also be collaborating with Olympus, the manufacturer, over the next five years to carefully evaluate and improve the exoscope and integrate the technology with other ongoing research projects at NHNN, including on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.
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