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The microscopes have a number of elements inside to provide the magnification and illumination including the objective lens, illuminator, binocular head, and illuminator. It is possible for the surgical team to turn the knob on the microscope to change the magnification. Since the surgeon is not able to take his or her hands away from the procedure, the magnification can be changed in two different ways.
First, the surgeon could instruct someone else to turn the knob for them. Second, they can use a zoom control via a foot pedal. These microscopes are mounted onto a floor stand that features all of the necessary controls. At the top of the stand is a suspension arm, which is moveable so they can position it over the patient and in the location where they need to perform the surgery. The optical system is attached to the suspension arm.
These are very delicate pieces of equipment, so it is important to exercise proper use at all times. It is also important to have protocols in place to ensure the cleanliness of the unit. They should be cleaned regularly to help keep them sterile and in good working condition.
When you are choosing a surgical microscope, you need to understand all of the features and limitations of the models you are considering. Know their magnification levels, the size of the unit and the length of the suspension arm, and the quality of the optics inside of the microscope. Choosing a high quality rental or lease is often the best option for the patient and for the surgeon.
Surgical Microscope Manufacturers
Because quality is important, it is a good idea to stick with some of the more well-known manufacturers. Popular options include Carl Zeiss, Leica, and Levenhuk.