Microscopy has been used in the operating room in the form of loops for a long time. More recent microscopes from Zeiss optics and other companies have improved surgeries requiring fine precision. These devices have no potential side-effects, but obviously have no depth-imaging ability. That is to say, they cannot see through tissue.
These systems can see much clearer than loops and have variable magnification levels. Multiple viewports allow a second surgeon or assistant to view the surgery. The same field seen by the surgeon can be displayed on screens in the operating room and digital images taken throughout the surgery. The main disadvantage of these systems is their bulk. In a crowded operating room they can either get in the way or get bumped by someone moving around the room. Otherwise these systems are pretty advanced.


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