Kerstin Pingel graduated from the University of Cologne with Magister Artium and worked as a PR editor for Leica Microsystems GmbH in Wetzlar from 2002 to 2012. Today, she supports Leica Science Lab as a freelance writer.
The human skull is an especially delicate area for surgery. To differentiate healthy tissue from tumor cells, or treat an aneurysm for example, the surgeon needs a complete picture of the surgical area. Supplementary information provided by Image Guided Surgery (IGS) or neuro navigation systems, endoscope, and in some cases fluorescence, can support the surgeon’s visualization, insight and intra-surgical orientation. This supplementary visual information is often only viewable on a separate screen, but with image injection technology from Leica it can be overlaid in full high definition (HD) directly into the eyepieces of a surgical microscope.
One of the challenges of neurosurgery is orientation at the surgical site. When resecting tumors, removing arteriovenous malformations, or clipping aneurysms, surgeons often have to work near healthy and functional brain tissue. When resecting the tumor, the challenge is always to spare as much healthy tissue as possible. Neuronavigation technology, also referred to as Image Guided Surgery (IGS) enables surgeons to plan the ideal approach before making a cut and helps to execute that plan by providing intraoperative orientation.
With its high magnification and coaxial illumination, a dental microscope provides enhanced visualization that supports diagnosis and treatment. Its documentation capabilities also play a major role in a modern dental practice by supporting patient consultation. We interviewed Dr. Thorsten Wegner, an endodontist based in Stadthagen, Germany, to find out why he uses the microscope in all aspects of his dental practice.
In endodontics, accurate treatment is not only dependent on the technical skills and knowledge of the dentist, but also on clear, detailed visualization of the surgical field. As the outcome of an endodontic therapy is influenced by many factors that are not visible to the naked eye – e.g. additional root canals or anatomical variations – the high magnification and illumination provided by a dental microscope has become indispensable for both diagnosis and therapy. Today, it is widely agreed that the use of dental microscopes has helped to extend endodontic treatment potential.
Successful refractive surgery is all about accuracy. The aim is to deliver minimal residual astigmatism so the patient can be glasses- free. Latest IOL Positioning Systems such as IOLcompass Pro deliver precise, dependable and dynamically optimized guidance information designed to minimize inaccuracy throughout the entire process. This comparison highlights the impact on a typical cataract surgery using toric IOLs.
In dentistry a bright, magnified view into deep cavities supports detailed diagnosis and precise therapy, particularly in the field of endodontics. In this interview Dr. Dean Raicov explains the benefits of the dental microscope in his practice. Dr. Raicov is a dentist based in Röhrnbach, Germany and specializes in endodontics, parodontology, and prosthetics. He is a member of the European Society of Microscope Dentistry (ESMD) and the German Society of Endodontics and Paradontology.
Today’s automotive industry use a variety of decorative and functional treatment to improve the vehicles surfaces. Traditional quality control methods to inspect these multilayer samples have proven to be extremely time-consuming and bear the risk of missing defects. A new approach combining a target surface system and a light microscope offers new possibilities of speed and reliability. F. Javier Ruiz Balbas, Laboratory Manager at Atotech Spain, explains his experiences with the system.
In dental medicine, the surgical microscope has become increasingly important for high-quality and successful surgeries, particularly in the field of endodontics. A microscope supports the dentist to conduct micro-invasive surgeries which aim to preserve the tooth substance, conserve the tissue, minimize the risks and reduce healing time. To choose the microscope that best fits the dentist’s needs, it is helpful to know some of the decisive features of a modern dental microscope.
Typical ophthalmic procedures require specific levels of light, focus and magnification in each phase of surgery. Changing quickly between these settings is the prerequisite for an uninterrupted and smooth workflow where the surgeon can concentrate completely on his patient. The surgical microscope for ophthalmology Proveo 8 features a unique level of customization that allows to program complete surgical phases and single parameters. Dr. Devesh Varma is one of the first ophthalmologists having tested the Proveo 8 microscope.