Surgeons looking to refine their skills or learn more about various surgical procedures can attend educational seminars presented by equipment manufacturers. There, they can observe demonstrations of the latest medical devices and technology to learn techniques using new and innovative surgical methods.
Robert Suspiro is an audio/video specialist for a medical device equipment manufacturer that offers advanced level educational seminars on the use of their products. To better capture video from the correct angles for viewing, the companys wet lab facility is equipped with a Telemetrics ceiling-mounted H-frame remotely controlled camera positioning system with both vertical and horizontal positioning for pan and tilt camera movement above the operating table.
The Telemetrics system replaced an integrated surgical light/camera device that had no remote control capability. If anyone moved the light during surgery, the viewing audience would lose the image and Mr. Suspiro would have to call into the lab and ask that the camera be repositioned. In addition, the camera format in the integrated light system was standard definition and did not adequately provide the clarity needed for viewers watching the intricate procedures.
According to Mr. Suspiro, the new camera robotics and control system, which is network-connected throughout the facility, helps to ensure that even the tiniest or most intricate procedure is captured and clearly visible to the viewing audience wherever they are seated.
The H-frame system is an off-the-shelf product from Telemetrics thats been customized for our specific requirements, said Mr. Suspiro. The ceiling-mounted configuration enables us to capture all the details of the procedure without imposing on the surgeons space or requiring him to physically move the camera. Its the perfect solution for our needs.
When researching a replacement system for the original surgical light/camera, Mr. Suspiro found products that offered options for remote control capability but were restricted to control from only one room. This limited capability was problematic because depending on the size of the visiting group, the audience might be situated in any of the viewing rooms located throughout the facility or in the 115-seat auditorium.
Only the Telemetrics system allowed remote control from multiple locations. Additionally, the Telemetrics system could be controlled from the existing Crestron audio/video control system, accessible via network from every viewing room.
Its an amazing system, and the best part is the detailed control it gives me to create the best possible learning experience for the people in the room, said Mr. Suspiro. At every viewing location, I have control of the camera for pan, tilt and zoom and if someone asks me to change the angle for a better view, I can do it. I also have control of camera specific features such as auto white balance, iris and master black and so on, which allow me to fine tune the images and ensure they are as crisp and detailed as possible.
He goes on to say, The operating room surgeons are also fans of the new system. During a procedure, they can look at the operating room monitor and have me move the camera or zoom in on a specific area to provide a better view or explain a technique. The movement is super smooth and there isnt a camera angle I cant get.
The Telemetrics H-shaped, belt-driven, high-speed servo positioning system is configured in a 10 foot long by 6 foot wide rectangle and the Panasonic AW-HE 870high definition camera can be positioned anywhere in that area. Mr. Suspiro uses memorized presets for positioning as well as manual XY movements. And while Mr. Suspiro is the primary operator of the system, in his absence the basic pan, tilt and zoom movements can also be made by the wet lab staff.
Another unique operating feature used continually by Mr. Suspiro is the ability to control the system from his smart-phone. He notes that it required adjustment at first because of the phones small screen size but now claims he wouldnt give it up.
The only room I must be physically present in is the auditorium and thats because I need to adjust the sound system. Everything else I can run from my smart-phone, he adds. We can schedule anywhere from seven to eight events on an average day and if it werent for the Telemetrics system, wed need an army to make it all happen.
The H-frame system was installed by Mr. Suspiro, with Telemetrics providing telephone support and general oversight. A Crestron factory-authorized technician programmed the control system, and prior to start-up a Telemetrics engineer inspected the installation and commissioned the system. The Telemetrics system installation has been repeated in a second wet lab which will be put into operation in the near future.