Modern surgical operations are benefitting from advanced technologies adopted in hospital operating rooms and control rooms. A control room is where technicians help surgeons and nurses control various medical, surgical and diagnostic instruments in the operating room. To provide this aid, these technicians view multiple real-time images and video feeds from a variety of specialized equipment, such as C-arm, Endoscope, Intra Vascular Ultrasound (IVUS), Surgical Navigation Systems, Video Cameras, and more. For interactive training purposes, most of the established hospitals (particularly university hospitals) also display real-time images or videos on video walls in video conference rooms, auditoriums, or classrooms to enable medical students to view live surgery outside of the operating room. These video capabilities could also be used for grand rounds, live consultation, real-time collaboration, and co-diagnostics with physicians of various specialties, either locally or remotely.
To process the imaging and video feeds, long lifecycle computers are now taking a place among these technologies. To handle the demands of real-time image and signal processing, these computers rely on high-performance Intel® Core™ and Xeon® processors from Intel’s embedded roadmap, along with powerful graphics cards to capture camera images and render precise graphics on large LCDs.
To help hospitals take full advantage of this trend and provide the requisite scalability, Portwell provides a critical building block for such a system: A PICMG 1.3 backplane with a PCI Express x16 switch and ten PCIe x16 expansion slots.