Efficient training of surgical skills

Learning to operate a microscope starts with the basics: maneuvering it and applying magnification and illumination correctly.

Mastering fine manual motor skills is a second step which is crucial. Disciplines such as neurosurgery, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as dentistry require extensive training in microsurgical skills during medical school and beyond:

  • Training of the hand-eye coordination under magnification
  • Practicing sophisticated microsurgical skills such as controlled micromovements, which are very time- consuming to learn
Medical student during hands-on training. Image courtesy of the SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training Surgery (SFITS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Why more hands-on training with surgical microscopes benefits neurosurgical education. Interview with Marcelo A. Acosta Goiri, MD, MSc, Neurosurgeon, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Make learning an experience

Hands-on training with the M320 surgical training microscope allows students to learn, practice, and refine surgical skills.  

Working on specimen, they experience the three-dimensional nature of human anatomy and anatomical functional structures as well as their proportions.

Students learn to

  • recognize finest anatomical details in a three-dimensional image with great depth perception
  • differentiate between tissues easily thanks to clear, bright, true-to-life color  visualization
  • navigate the surgical site and maneuver surgical instruments safely especially in  cavities thanks to the bright LED illumination
  • improve accuracy and precision in surgical procedures, such as  drilling, dissecting, and suturing, thus gaining confidence

See exactly what you need to see

The M320 makes microscope training a revelation. Students see exactly what they need to see: a crisp, bright, true-color image with impressive depth of field, thanks to the high- quality apochromatic optics and double LED illumination of the M320 surgical training microscope.

Even in deep or narrow cavities, students can see minute anatomical details, so that they can apply their skills precisely.

Additionally, students get a feeling for the workflow of a surgical procedure using the optional 5-step magnification changer which helps minimize workflow interruption.

The M320 surgical training microscope with LED illumination with two light paths.

Focus effortlessly

With the optional M320 MultiFoc objective from Leica Microsystems, students can effortlessly vary the working distance within the range of 200 mm to 300 mm with micro-movements of the adjustment knob.

This enables students to set up their work station quickly and also supports workflow during sessions: If trainees need to spend less time and effort on adjusting their microscopes, they can better  concentrate on the lessons and follow the training more closely.

The M320 surgical training microscope with MultiFoc objective.
Image from a WetLab at the SWISS Foundation for Innovation and Training Surgery (SFITS) in Geneva, Switzerland. Teachers demonstrate surgical techniques to the whole lab on big 3D 4K screens to guide course participants during their hands-on practice.

Share your expertise in stunning resolution

The integrated 4K camera and recording system available for the M320 allow teachers and students to share their  microscopic view on a large screen and record images or  videos in crystal-clear anatomical detail and true-to-life colors.

Benefits of the 4K imaging with the M320:

  • Document in ultra-high resolution for impressive  presentations and work instructions for students
  • Instruct students to follow your guidance via live-streamed microscope view onto a  large screen
  • Check on your students' progress by looking at their microscope  views displayed in their workstations on a 4K screen
  • Transfer image and video to personal computers easily via SD memory card or USB  cable
  • Benefit from a quick wireless image transfer to mobile  devices using the Leica View App

Only with optionally ordered WiFi-dongle. Streaming resolution to todays’ generations of mobile devices: 720p30

View, record, and share via App

The Leica View App for the M320 training microscope facilitates access to images and videos.

  • Stream the live microscope view from the M320 surgical training microscope to a mobile device
  • Capture images and video directly from the mobile device
  • Access recorded pictures and videos form the SD  card gallery of the M320
  • Download assets to a mobile device to have them  conveniently at hand to deepen the learning experience

The App is available free of charge. For iOS devices you can download it from the App Store and for Android from Google play.

Only with optionally ordered WiFi-dongle. Streaming resolution to todays’ generations of mobile devices: 720p30

Stream images and video from the M320 training microscope to mobile devices via the Leica View App. This dental picture shows a sinus lift, image courtesy of Dr. Fabio Gorni, Milan, Italy.

Design your ideal training space

You can be sure to find a M320 surgical microscope which corresponds to your teaching needs and the requirements of your center.

The M320 training microscopes are very flexible to configure  and can be used for training in various clinical disciplines.

  • Choose from a variety of stands, e.g. ceiling, floor, or wall  mounts with a short or a long arm, with or without camera  integration, with or without stand-mounted monitor options
  • Create a modern look and feel with the timeless, virtually jointless design of the M320
  • Benefit from great design with internally routed  cables: Thanks to them, the M320 looks sleek, but also makes cleaning extra easy
  • Benefit from an antimicrobial microscope coating supporting  your hygiene protocols
  • Keep cost of ownership low for microscopes in your training  center: The M320’s LED light makes costly replacement of  fiber optics unnecessary
Training room facility of the MIKROS SRL dental training center in Milan, Italy, courtesy of Roberto Mastrantonio.

Teach healthy habits

Working with a surgical training microscope should also create early awareness of healthy posture at work.

Initially, students are often unaware of the far-reaching consequences of an unhealthy working posture. During longer training sessions and with increasing practical experience, they quickly realize how important a healthy working posture is for their chosen profession.

Ergonomic accessories for the M320 surgical training microscope can help avoid tension and strain in the neck and shoulders. If students learn to work with a microscope from the start, they learn healthy habits early on in their career and will find that working in a comfortable posture becomes second nature to them.

Dr. Katia Greco is an endodontist from Maglie, Lecce, Italy. She also teaches Endodontics as an Adjunct Professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan and advocates that dental microscopes should become a standard in education and professional practice.

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