WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- A local hospital is the first in the southeast to get some really high tech equipment! Today, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center introduced technology known as ORBEYE.

It's a video microscope that magnifies images up to 26 times onto two 55-inch monitors in real-time in the OR. It lets operating room staff and med students see in ultra high definition 3-d! The precise 3-D digital images provide large, clear views of tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and the surgeon’s instrument movements.Hospital leaders say it can lead to more accurate surgeries for patients and to better instruction for students training to become surgeons.

“By displaying the surgical field on these 4K monitors, the progress of surgical procedures and the training value is enhanced,” said Charles Branch, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at Wake Forest Baptist, who has performed more than 40 surgeries with the device. “It’s quite incredible to have visuals like this in real-time. Better visibility for surgeons and the entire team can mean even better outcomes for patients.”

ORBEYE lets the entire OR staff see the surgery on the monitors and lets surgeons stand upright and use 3-D glasses instead of microscope eyepieces called loupes. Surgeons have historically used loupes, which let only the surgeon see the surgical field and can contribute to fatigue in surgeons, since they often have to bend over for long periods of time during operations.

“With this new technology the entire surgical team is able to view what’s presently happening, which means they’re able to better anticipate what will happen next,” said Branch.

“Those who are training to become a surgeon are able to visualize and gain a different perspective with this innovative imagery,” said Branch. “With the added magnification and large screens, the attending surgeon is better able to illustrate their process while teaching and is better able to monitor the movements of the training surgeon.”

ORBEYE is also being used by other specialists at Wake Forest Baptist.

Wake Forest Baptist is now the second hospital in the world to have ORBEYE in operating rooms.