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Operating Microscopes

Whittemore Enterprises carries a wide range of surgical or operating microscopes.

You can shop by brand names, such as Zeiss, Wild, Leica, Moeller, or Olympus, or procedures, such as ophthalmology, ENT, dental, neuro/spine, or micro-surgical scopes for hand and plastic, dissection, wet lab and other micro procedures.

We offer microscopes to fit every budget, from used to completely refurbished or sold as-is.

We list on our website the scopes as we receive them from our various sources, hospitals, trade-ins, liquidations and so on. From the used operating microscope parts section you can choose from different stands, microscope heads (binocular, assistant, etc) objectives, lenses, light sources and such to customize the microscope to meet your specific needs.

An operating or surgical microscope is an optical instrument that provides the surgeon with a stereoscopic, high quality magnified and illuminated image of the small structures in the surgical area.

The optical components of a basic stereo microscope consist of the binocular head, a magnification changer, the objective lens and an illuminator which beams light through the objective lens and onto the operating field The binocular head consists of two telescopes with adjustable eyepieces for users with refractive error. The magnification can be changed by turning a knob (which selects different magnification lenses) or by using a motorised zoom controlled by a foot pedal.

The working distance (Figure ​ is the distance from the microscope objective lens to the point of focus of the optical system. This value is fixed and is dependent on the chosen focal length of the objective lens. The choice of working distance depends on the type of surgery. For modern ophthalmic surgery that involves delicate work in the posterior chamber, objective focal lengths of 150 mm, 175 mm and 200 mm are commonly used.

The optical system often includes a beam splitter and a second set of teaching binoculars  so that two people can view the operation simultaneously.

The optical system is attached to the suspension arm of the floor stand.The suspension arm makes it possible to position the optics exactly and to fix them in place. The floor stand has wheels and can be moved around the floor and fixed into place using the brakes.

A foot pedal connected to the floor stand allows the surgeon to control the focus, the zoom, the position of the optics over the eye (the x,y position on the horizontal plane) and to turn the illumination on and off.

The illumination system is usually housed in the floor stand in order to keep the bulb heat away from the operating field. In this case, the light is transmitted to the operating field by means of a fibre optic cable. The light in ophthalmic micro scopes is usually coaxial, meaning that it follows the same path as the image in order to avoid shadows.

                

It is essential that all eye units develop protocols for performing microscope checks. Microscope optics should be inspected and cleaned on a weekly basis, or earlier if dirty. The entire microscope should be checked by a biomedical equipment technician at least once every six months.

Caring for the operating microscope

  • Keep the microscope in a dry, cool      and well-ventilated place to prevent fungus growth on the optics (lenses).
  • Every week, clean the optics      according to the optical cleaning instructions described in a previous      issue.1
  • If fungus growth is detected,      clean according to the instructions described in a previous issue.2
  • To protect it from dust when not      in use, drape a cover over the microscope. Vinyl coverings are preferred      because they do not shed lint (like cloth coverings do). However, their      use should be avoided in humid environments since they can trap moisture,      which increases the risk of fungal growth.
  • Wipe down the external surfaces      with a damp cloth soaked in hot, soapy water.
  • Cover the foot pedal with a clear      plastic bag to prevent surgical and cleaning fluids from entering and      damaging the electronics.
  • Lift the foot pedal off the floor      when washing the floor.
  • Use a voltage stabiliser with the      microscope. This will prevent sudden increases in voltage from destroying      the bulbs and will ensure that the illumination provided remains constant.
  • Before using, test the controls of      the foot pedal (the x,y movement, zoom, focus, light on and off).
  • Before using, check that the      suspension arm can be fixed into position to ensure that it does not fall      on the patient.
  • Avoid kinking or bending the fibre      optic cables.
  • When replacing the bulbs, avoid      touching them with your fingers. The oil left as fingerprints on the bulb      can shorten its life.
  • Do not move the microscope while      the bulb is still hot because strong vibrations may damage the filament.
  • Every six months, clean and oil      the wheels and the brakes. Remove any surplus oil when done.

 

The working distance. is the distance from the microscope objective lens to the point of focus of the optical system. This value is fixed and is dependent on the chosen focal length of the objective lens. The choice of working distance depends on the type of surgery. For modern ophthalmic surgery that involves delicate work in the posterior chamber, objective focal lengths of 150 mm, 175 mm and 200 mm are commonly used.

 

Objective Lenses:  Usually you will find 3 or 4 objective lenses on a microscope.  They almost always consist of 4X, 10X, 40X and 100X powers.  When coupled with a 10X (most common) eyepiece lens, we get total magnifications of 40X (4X times 10X), 100X , 400X and 1000X.  To have good resolution at 1000X, you will need a relatively sophisticated microscope with an Abbe condenser.  The shortest lens is the lowest power, the longest one is the lens with the greatest power.  Lenses are color coded and if built to DIN standards are interchangeable between microscopes.  The high power objective lenses are retractable (i.e. 40XR).  This means that if they hit a slide, the end of the lens will push in (spring loaded) thereby protecting the lens and the slide.  All quality microscopes have achromatic, parcentered, parfocal lenses.

 

Microscope Field of View

The diameter of the field of an optical light microscope is the field number, which is the diameter of the field view in mm measured at the intermediate image plane. The field number is typically listed on the microscope eyepiece. The microscope field of view is found with the following formula:

Field of View = Field Number (FN) ÷ Objective Magnification

If an auxiliary lens is being used on a stereo microscope, the magnification factor of this lens should also be employed in the equation by multiplying this with the objective magnification as shown below:

Field of View = FN ÷ (Objective Magnification x Auxiliary Lens Magnification)

Typically the lower the magnification of the eyepiece, the higher the FN is. So for example, a 5x eyepiece might have a FN of 26mm, while a 10x eyepiece may be 22mm and a 30x eyepiece may only have a FN of 7mm.

 

The higher your magnification, the smaller the microscope field of view will be. If you think of looking at the above aphid through the microscope, if you were to zoom in to view only the leg of the aphid, your field of view would definitely be smaller, while the magnification is increased.

 

We also carry a variety of laboratory microscopes.

 

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