Surgery in 3D
This summer, the UT Hamilton Eye Institute (HEI) revolutionized the presentation of surgical video in its operating rooms and Freeman Auditorium with the addition of TrueVision®, a three-dimensional, high-definition (3-D HD) surgical video system. HEI is among the first eye centers in the world to have adopted this exciting new microsurgical technology in its operating rooms. Furthermore, HEI is the first eye center to take the additional step of assimilating this 3-D HD technology into the building’s audio/video (A/V) infrastructure. This enables live or prerecorded simulcasting of 3-D HD ophthalmic microsurgery to an audience of more than 100 viewers in our state-of-the-art Freeman Auditorium. The integration of this video system advances the effectiveness of surgical instruction at HEI, bridging a gap that has long existed between the teaching and practice of microsurgery. Although stereo operating microscopes have been used for more than 50 years, surgeries could only be recorded in monocular (2-D) video. Only now can the dimension of depth in a microsurgical procedure be accurately shared with students, which is especially important since the slightest error in depth can result in a damaged lens or scarred retina.
These remarkable advances in A/V technology at HEI are made possible through the vision of Jerre M. Freeman, MD, HEI clinical professor of Ophthalmology and founder of the World Cataract Foundation, whose support led to the creation of the Freeman Auditorium and continues to advance its cutting-edge technology. Our ophthalmic physicians have been using the new 3-D HD system to perform procedures across several subspecialties. The system is ideal for display of cataract, corneal, vitreoretinal, glaucoma, strabismus, ophthalmic plastic and orbital surgery. The Freeman Auditorium will continue to undergo further upgrades throughout the year ahead.