Hospital when they purchased the Sony
system. Likewise, for Dr. Daniel Eun and his
associates at Temple University Hospital in
“To some extent I think it exceeded our
expectations,” says Dr. Valvo.
“Once we got it all set up, (the ROI) was
almost instantaneous,” agrees Dr. Eun. “I am
very pleased with the picture quality and the
ease of use.”
To understand Dr. Eun and Dr. Valvo's
unequivocal praise and enthusiasm for 3D
visualization in the OR, one must recognize
their past experiences with similar technology. According to Dr. Valvo, the early
prototypes were somewhat difficult to use
because they consisted of headgear or glasses
that were uncomfortable to wear or caused
headaches, among other issues. Meanwhile,
Dr. Eun says he was determined to work
in an environment where 3D visualization
was available for both trainees and surgical
assistants, as he had done when he trained at
Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital.
“While we were training and watching, we
were not only sitting in the room observing,”
says Dr. Eun of his training.
“I was learning the operations in 3D, and
I thought that was a much better way to do
this,” he continues. “It doesn’t make much
sense if the operating surgeon is the only
person seeing in 3D.”
When he first took the job at Temple
University Hospital, Dr. Eun sought to have
an operating room designed and built around
the da Vinci robot. He felt a critical compo-
nent to the room was 3D visualization.
Temple has a dual suite with two rooms
controlled out of one master control room.
Dr. Eun and his staff operate out of the con-
trol room, which overlooks the two ORs. Two
70-inch televisions, one for each room, allow
Dr. Eun to quickly and effectively perceive
visual information. In teaching situations, he
says, this gives him the confidence to allow
trainees to do more.
“Before, I used to look at small TV
screens, and I wasn’t sure exactly where they
were so I’d have to pull the reins in faster,” he
says. “(This system allows for) better quality
training, and it also makes for a more enjoy-
able teaching experience.”
Both surgeons emphasized their appreci-
ation for technology that allows them to train
other surgeons more effectively. According to
Dr. Valvo, the Sony system’s ability to record
what’s happening in the OR -- in 3D -- is one
of its most useful features.
“I think when one is learning something,
you want to have some kind of data or foun-
dation that you can go back to and determine
how you are doing things,” he says.
“I think you can then do a lot more
self-critiquing when you are reviewing
something in the same mode that you actually
performed, with regards to what you did right
and what you want to do better,” he contin-
ues. “So I think there is a great advantage
in that self-critiquing using this system as
opposed to just recording it on a DVD and
playing it back in 2D. You just don’t have the
same feel. It’s not the same landscape.”
As someone who works in a teaching
environment, Dr. Eun always looks for equip-
ment and technology to help assist him in his
efforts to prepare young and inexperienced
surgeons for careers in the medical field.
He strongly believes the latest technological
advancements have made his roles as mentor,
instructor, and advisor both easier and more
“If I’m operating in 3D and suddenly I
step off and somebody takes over, I’d have to
keep my head in the second console because
we have a dual console system,” he says.
“That was the only way to see where they
were. Looking at 3D monitors just didn’t cut
it. Now I can put on the 3D glasses and look
on a heads-up display and see exactly where
"When we look at the modern operating room, it's really
a team approach. Everyone should have access to all of
the assets that the surgeon has."
– Dr. John Valvo, Rochester General Hospital