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Surgical video recording with a modified GoPro Hero 4 camera

Authors Lin LK

Received 3 September 2015

Accepted for publication 3 November 2015

Published 13 January 2016 Volume 2016:10 Pages 117—119

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S95666

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


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Lily Koo Lin

Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, University of California, Davis Eye Center, Sacramento, CA, USA

Background: Surgical videography can provide analytical self-examination for the surgeon, teaching opportunities for trainees, and allow for surgical case presentations. This study examined if a modified GoPro Hero 4 camera with a 25 mm lens could prove to be a cost-effective method of surgical videography with enough detail for oculoplastic and strabismus surgery.
Method: The stock lens mount and lens were removed from a GoPro Hero 4 camera, and was refitted with a Peau Productions SuperMount and 25 mm lens. The modified GoPro Hero 4 camera was then fixed to an overhead surgical light.
Results: Camera settings were set to 1080p video resolution. The 25 mm lens allowed for nine times the magnification as the GoPro stock lens. There was no noticeable video distortion. The entire cost was less than 600 USD.
Conclusion: The adapted GoPro Hero 4 with a 25 mm lens allows for high-definition, cost-effective, portable video capture of oculoplastic and strabismus surgery. The 25 mm lens allows for detailed videography that can enhance surgical teaching and self-examination.

Keywords: teaching, oculoplastic, strabismus

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