halogen, lowering power consumption and temperature and providing better quality lighting closer to that of natural daylight. For some, developments in surgical booms may not have been as dramatic as what trans- pired with lights and tables. “Booms have seen steady, incremental in- novation over the past few decades,” Derrick observed. “There’s been no single big ‘ah-ha’ innovation like the advent of LED lights. Instead, we’ve seen manufacturers making fundamental design improvements to allow for a smaller footprint, better shelves and smoother braking systems.” However, Derrick’s closing observation

certainly remains noteworthy. Booms, by and large, functioned as a convenient room organizer, designed in part to control, if not eliminate the mess of cable and cord spaghetti snaking across the floor as a potential traf- fic hazard in an already intense area. Many surgical suites today — particularly the inte- grated models — include a variety of booms suspended from articulating arms connected to ceiling mounts. During the last two decades or so, clinicians saw that model inverted with booms affixed to the floor instead of the ceil- ing. One of the more recent developments in booms removes the stationary characteristic by placing booms on wheels so they’re mobile. After the snapshot of what’s happened how about a glimpse of what’s to come?

Aside from the variety of functional tools to add to a boom as surgeries become more complex, sources indicate that the ceiling and floor mounts (no wall mounts) and mobile varieties capstone boom development. Wire- less capabilities, however, offer an intriguing “what if” scenario for boom development and progression.

Lights, on the other hand, may offer some possibilities.

“In the past, developments in the medical industry have been influenced by develop- ments in other sectors, such as the automotive sector,” Rossi said. “This trend could continue and we could see developments such as ges- ture or voice control for surgical lights. Also, an alternative way of how surgical lights are installed within the operating room could be one of the innovative developments in the future.”

Meanwhile, Derrick points to more admin- istrative issues.

“We aren’t aware of any fundamental in- novations coming down the pike for surgical lights and booms,” he indicated. “However, as providers merge and get better at consolidat- ing their capital data, we expect to see a more proactive approach to purchasing lights and booms. This equipment is often bought at the same time, and providers with good data can collaborate with manufacturers on both purchases easier. This makes it more efficient

to not only contract but also to evaluate all the options in the market.”

Expect more development and innovation to emerge with tables, experts agree, particu- larly targeting clinical specialties. ROSSI: “Image Diagnostics will be launch- ing an advanced urology table in 2018,” Rossi revealed. “New products will refocus on ca- pabilities that are more closely aligned with the increasing emphasis on endoscopic pro- cedures. Our new urology table will feature a more ‘camera-centric’ design and integrated video processing and visualization. We have also recently introduced an upgraded line of advanced vascular tables with a 600-pound patient capacity as well as enhanced ranges of motions.”

Flanagan anticipates expanding the ap- plications of intraoperative imaging with MR compatibility within the surgical theater and outside the traditional imaging suite. “Bringing intraoperative MRI to other dis- ease states will certainly require innovative solutions,” Flanagan noted. “For example, nearly 85 percent of neurosurgical procedures involve the spine. The challenge with imaging the spine is that you must insert the patient much deeper into the MRI scanner while care- fully monitoring the patient and managing the sterile field, drapes, and anesthesia. One of the benefits of the current IMRIS MR neurosurgi-

Page 50 Setting the standard in women’s health. When it comes to supporting quality OB/GYN care, Brewer offers you much more.

Compare our standard features and conveniences. Nothing comes close to the Access®

High-Low Exam Table. FLEX TM HLT

Standard patient comfort features include adjustable ergonomic stirrups, 5° pelvic tilt and a front drawer warmer. Or choose the unequaled value and ergonomic patient access of our FLEX™ High-Low Exam Table and cost-effectively add options for OB/GYN. Both feature and industry- leading 700-lb capacity, and an industry- best 3-Year Warranty.

arrange a demo, contact Brewer sales at 262-293-7121 or visit Access®

HLT Visit See for yourself how we set the standard in women’s health. To request a quote or

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62