June 17, 2008
Leica Microsystems Launches Miniature High-End Microscope
HEERBRUGG, SWITZERLAND. The success of microsurgery stands or falls by the recognition of minute details (microstructures). During an operation, the surgeon is confronted with many quickly changing situations. For example, he usually needs a high magnification factor for the actual microsurgery. A moment later, he may need a wide field of vision to take an overall look at the area that is being operated on, whereas there are times when a swift change of working distance or working position is necessary. Leica Microsystems’ HM500 offers a completely new approach to these requirements:
miniaturizing highend microscopes and combining them with the flexibility and ergonomics of headmounted systems.
The unique optical concept combines perfect freedom of movement with an excellent view. The microscope is equipped with the very best precision technology. Coaxial light allows completely shadowfree illumination of the operating field. The light beam penetrates even the narrowest cavities, providing bright and homogeneous illumination. The result is immediately convincing: brilliant, crisp, highcontrast, distortionfree images and an incomparably large field of vision.
Comfortable and mobile
With the Leica HM500, the surgeon is always able to take the instrument from one operation to the next. The microscope can be easily adjusted to any user and is ready for multidisciplinary use in an instant. Thanks to its light weight, users can work for hours without tiring.
Highquality documentation from the surgeon’s perspective
The headmounted microscope also works as a camera for documentation and presentation purposes. With its integrated video camera system including autofocus function, the Leica HM500 is the world’s only head-mounted viewing system to allow documentation and presentation from the surgeon’s perspective.
Leica Microsystems’ HM500 is therefore a remarkable combination of optical quality, magnification and unrestricted freedom of movement that enables the user to work in a completely natural way.
Leica HM500 at a glance
• Multidisciplinary use
• Handy and compact
• Sharp, crystal-clear images, rich in contrast and distortion-free
• Integrated powerful coaxial illumination
• Large field of vision and excellent overview at any working distance and magnification
• Integrated autofocus video camera
Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures. It is one of the market leaders in each of its business areas: Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy with corresponding Imaging Systems, Specimen Preparation, and Medical Equipment. The company manufactures a broad range of products for numer-ous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. It also offers system solu-tions for life science including biotechnology and medicine, research and development of raw materials, and industrial quality assurance. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 9 manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The international management is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.
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