MAY 17, 2010
This article describes the use of an easy-to-use, low-cost and portable video recording device during cataract surgery. The Pinnacle Video Capture/Transfer (Pinnacle Systems, Mountain View, Calif.) takes analog video from an operating microscope's attached camera and converts it into a digital file that can be stored on devices including hard drives, USB flash memory sticks and iPods. It allows surgical videos to be easily reviewed, edited and disseminated without time-consuming steps, and holds the potential to increase the recording of surgery, the authors said. Its main disadvantage is a slight reduction in video quality.
This video recording method is well-suited for use by surgeons during training due to its low cost, portability and integration with technology they likely already own. It could also prove useful for recording surgery in the developing world, cataloging surgery, reviewing cases with complications, improving the teaching of residents and encouraging reflective surgical practice, the authors conclude.