How MediaWall Makes Neurosurgeons Happy

Recently the UCLA Medical Center commissioned their new high-tech Neurosurgical Operating Room Suite. Design criteria for the suite emphasized the need for new visualization capabilities. Leading edge Neurosurgery techniques expose the need for visual resource management technology that delivers flawless digital HD display images. To orchestrate the display of several medical telemetry and imaging sources, UCLA's integration partner, Karl Storz Endoscopy America, OR1 division specified a MediaWall® 2500 display processor.

Medical and diagnostic image sources include an endoscopic camera with a resolution of 1080p, surgical microscope, a room overview camera at 1080i, a surgical in-light camera, Stereo Tactile Surgical Navigation system, and a Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) PC for medical images like patient x-rays. Other computer images displayed include patient vitals, nurse charting/scheduling and the display of mandated time-out protocol.

Previously, placing information in front of the surgeons, nurses and medical technicians required many separate diagnostic and display systems, each rolled into the operating room on their own carts. The equipment carts and their monitors produced a crowded and confusing environment. The new operating theater is free of individual diagnostic and display systems. All visual signals are routed to the MediaWall display processor by an RGB Spectrum Linx 8x8 routing DVI switcher. The MediaWall processor manages the view of all images on a 2x3 LCD display panel array. The images can be arranged to give the medical team a centralized, comprehensive wall of critical information.

Other criteria for choosing the RGB Spectrum system solution included 24/7/365 robust operation, digital image quality, ease of control and low power and air conditioning demands. In addition, the MediaWall display processor, based on embedded system architecture, has none of the PC and hard disk drive system maintenance costs of other systems.

The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center delivers world-class medical treatment using cutting-edge technology in a compassionate, patient-focused environment. This one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure (eight above ground) is located in Santa Monica, CA. The hospital encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

Karl Storz Endoscopy America provided endoscopic visualization equipment and instrumentation. Karl Storz Endoscopy America, OR1 division, provided system integration design.

System integration was performed by AVI-SPL, a leading AV systems integrator involved in projects all over the globe.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the Linx™ DVI Matrix Switchers, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® DVI universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at

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We design and manufacture video processing, control and display solutions for defense, aerospace, corporate, medical, government, security, education, and industrial applications. Our extensible, secure and powerful video wall processors, multiviewers and AV-over-IP systems are part of visual infrastructure around the world, but most importantly, our products empower you to make better decisions, faster.