Things to Look For in an ENT Microscope

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Microscopes play a great role in diagnostics and ENT is one of those medical fields that demands an operating microscope for precision and detailed observations. Since ENT deals with small and intricate organs like ears, nose and throat, a microscope becomes very essential. Before buying an ENT microscope there are a lot of factors one needs to consider as it is certainly a big investment. Before you approach your supplier or vendor, you need to be aware of these technicalities and be clear about the addons you would need along with the main device. This article will make a list of those elements/characteristics that you need to look for. Read on for more details.

1. Eye Piece

Eye piece is that part of a microscope that you use to look into and it has to be placed in such a way that it is convenient for you to make your observations and operations. The eyepiece is also attached with a lens that helps in magnifying along with the main lens. You need to decide on the magnification you would need to conveniently perform your work and the magnification that is required for accuracy of results. When you are buying a new ENT microscope, just make sure your vendor clearly defines these aspects and explains how the design of the microscope and its placement is ergonomic and convenient.

2. Lens

Every compound microscope will have two types of lenses known as the eyepiece lens and the objective lens. As mentioned above, the eyepiece lens will be placed along with the eyepiece and the objective lens will further help in magnifying the image for accuracy. Objective lenses come in a wide array of magnifications ranging from 40x, 100x, 400x to 1000x. One should note that the eyepiece lens of an ENT microscope magnifies the already magnified image 10 more times. Thus one has to choose the type of the lens carefully and according to eyepiece.

3. Source of light

Optical microscopes are those that use light to magnify the image. Lighting will play a major role in observations as the functionality and precision of the ENT microscope will be dependent on the light source. Many advanced and latest ENT microscopes come with pre-installed LED bulbs that deliver up to 100,000 Lux with a natural daylight color temperature. Since LED lights are used for illumination, one will be able to avail pure white light that doesn’t emit heat as well. LEDs are known to be long running and last up to 60000 hours of usage. This becomes a boon if your clinic or office has less lighting and requires a brighter and focused lighting arrangement.

4. Ergonomics

Placing the ENT microscope on the ground and moving it around as and when required is a matter of comfort and convenience. ENT specialists have to move around to get the closest look and for this the ergonomics and product design of the microscope must be brilliant. It increases productivity and reduces stress as doctors have to do this on a regular basis. Rather than bending down every time one examines, the ENT microscope with its flexible, mobile handle can make it very convenient to stand at one place and reach the area needed.

5. Stage

While analyzing ears, nose or throats it is essential to take notes and look at references, slides, x-rays and scan reports to understand the present situation of the patient. Rather than reaching out to the reference every time or holding it one hand, one can pin it to the stage that comes with the ENT microscope.

6. Mount

ENT microscopes come in a variety of mounts; floor mounts, wall mounts, ceiling mounts and so on. Choose the mount that you find convenient for your practice and the one that’s preferred by most ENT specialists. Not just convenience, but also consider the feasibility of the installation and then buy the type of mount you want.

7. Camera

For easier observations and documentation of analysis a digital SLR, video camera and an observable screen would be very convenient. Few areas of ears, nose and throat cannot be reached by mere observation and requires something that can go inside. ENT microscopes with tiny digital SLRs can help in this regard, easily documenting and observing each patient.

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