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Microscope and Mouthpiece

Last Updated: September 28, 2018

Figure 1:  Microscope is one of the most intimate companions of the neurosurgeon in the operating room.  An in-depth understanding of its use is warranted.

The Principles of Using the Operating Room Microscope 

The microscope is an integral facet of aneurysm surgery as it provides relatively flexible, but fully stereoscopic, magnified, and well-illuminated views of the surgical field when properly used to conduct microsurgery and not macrosurgery. Once the surgeon has had enough practice and operating time, the microscope should be virtually like an extension of his or her face, and not an obstacle between the surgeon and the operative field.

I studied the mechanics, optics, and fluorescent technologies of the microscope early in my training and have been actively involved in its ev...