N.C. – May 25, 2018 – Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center is the first hospital
in the Southeast and just the second in the world to own a device that allows
operating room (OR) staff and medical students to see in 4K (ultra-high-definition)
The technology, known as ORBEYE, is a video microscope that
magnifies images up to 26 times onto two 55-inch monitors in real-time in the OR.
precise 3-D digital images from the ORBEYE
microscope can provide more accurate surgery by providing large, clear views of
tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and the surgeon’s instrument movements.
displaying the surgical field on these 4K monitors, the progress of surgical
procedures and the training value is enhanced,” said Charles Branch, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at Wake Forest Baptist, who has performed more
than 40 surgeries with the device. “It’s quite incredible to have visuals like
this in real-time. Better visibility for surgeons and the entire team can mean
even better outcomes for patients.”
enables the entire OR staff to view the surgery on the
monitors and lets surgeons stand upright and use 3-D glasses instead of
microscope eyepieces called loupes. Surgeons have historically used loupes,
which allow only the surgeon to view the surgical field and can contribute to
fatigue in surgeons, since they often have to bend over for long periods of
time during operations.
“With this new technology
the entire surgical team is able to view what’s presently happening, which
means they’re able to better anticipate what will happen next,” said Branch.
This new technology also
improves medical education and training at Wake Forest
“Those who are training to
become a surgeon are able to visualize and gain a different perspective with
this innovative imagery,” said Branch. “With the added magnification and large
screens, the attending surgeon is better able to illustrate their process while
teaching and is better able to monitor the movements of the training surgeon.”
ORBEYE is also being used by
other specialists at Wake Forest Baptist. Ryan Terlecki, M.D.,
associate professor of urology, was the first in the world to use this
technology for vasectomy reversal, testicular sperm extraction, oral graft
harvest for urethral reconstruction and testicular denervation. Thomas Pranikoff,
M.D., professor of surgical sciences-pediatrics, was the first in the world
to use it for a pediatric lung resection. Otolaryngologists at Wake Forest
Baptist also have utilized ORBEYE.
ORBEYE was developed by Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc
(SOMED), a joint venture between Olympus Corporation and Sony Imaging Products
& Solutions Inc.