LED Light Delivers High Quality OR Illumination
By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 25 Jul 2018
Image: The STARLED5 NX surgical lamp (Photo courtesy of ACEM).
An innovative surgical lamp uses light emitting diode (LED) technology to provide optimal performance, reliability, and visual comfort.
The ACEM Medical Company (Bologna, Italy) STARLED5 NX is made up of five reflector groups (each with 7 LEDs), and another eights LEDs placed radially around the handle. The distribution of the 43 LEDs generates a shadowless, homogeneous light to assure visual comfort. The excellent optical quality of the next generation LEDs produces an illumination level of 130,000 lux (or an optional 160,000 lux). A microprocessor-controlled feature called ACRIS ensures that power consumption curves remain unaltered over the time, helping maintain a steady life cycle of about 50,000 hours.
To achieve heatless infra-red (IR)-free illumination, STARLED5 NX produces both focused and ambient light via a light field focusing system that adjusts light-spot diameter so as to accent sharpness of details in the operating area. Ambient adjustable illumination is managed by the ENDO system, situated on the upper part of the lamp, which is particularly useful during minimal invasive surgery (MIS), visualizing the microscopic operating field as well as the surrounding environment to provide staff with visual comfort during patient monitoring.
All functions are managed via the digital and easy-to-read I–SENSE control panel positioned on the cardanic shaft structure. The panel controls power, light intensity, light spot diameter dimension (focusing), the ENDO light for endoscopy, and depth of field (DOF) for a full visualization of the operating field and deep cavities. An optional SYNC mode synchronizes controls among different lamps combined into different configurations, such as a STARLED5 NX twin dome configuration, or a STARLED5 NX with STARLED7 NX or STARLED 3 NX.
The STARLED5 NX is also practical for the medical team, since it can be moved using lateral handles that assure stability and constant illumination. Its ergonomic and practical design also considers sanitary requirements essential for the operating room. The lamp is therefore manufactured from smooth, resistant material that facilitates cleaning, and the removable central handle can be detached for sterilization. The handle can also house a video camera for on-demand filming of the surgical procedure (alternatively, the video camera can be placed on a separate arm).