Czech Republic Ostrava University Hospital First to Acquire an Aesculap Aeos® Digital Surgical Microscope

  • Posted by: Barry Stagg

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FN Ostrava was the first in the world to acquire a unique 3D digital microscope Aeos. The key difference from current microscopes is the change in scanning technology – instead of glass lenses, Aeos uses a system of digital cameras. The software then converts the data from the cameras into a three-dimensional image. It must be operated in polarized 3D glasses.

“In neurosurgery, I consider it a small revolution that will bring a lot of news. At our clinic, we have about 20 operations and the experience is really excellent, “ says the head of the Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Ostrava, doc. MUDr. Radim Lipina, Ph.D. The microscope will be shared at the University Hospital Ostrava at the workplaces of the Department of Neurosurgery, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Center for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

Instead of looking into the eyepieces, the surgeon now works with his head up and monitors the operating field on a large LCD screen. In addition, other parallel imaging methods are integrated into it, such as endoscope, magnetic resonance, ultrasound, surgical navigation or CT . “ Excellent is the image quality, depth of field, brightness. The advantage is also that thanks to the robotic arm we can look around the corner without changing the microscope in any way. It clarifies and speeds up the operation, “ describes the first experience from the operation of MUDr. Tomáš Hrbáč, Ph.D., head of the Neurosurgical Clinic of the University Hospital Ostrava, who also highlighted the comfort for the surgeon, who will be able to sit comfortably even for several hours.

Other advantages are the wider field of view of the surgeon, 3D fluorescence with background projection and also, for example, improved conditions for teamwork and teaching. ” More neurosurgeons will use an endoscope in conjunction with a microscope during surgery, because it will be very simple. This will significantly improve the safety of neurosurgical operations , “ adds doc. Lipina.

The development of the digital microscope took place in California, USA, for 7 years, and doctors of the Neurosurgical Clinic of the University Hospital Ostrava also took a large part in it. At the beginning of the development, about a hundred neurosurgeons were selected around the world, who were invited to constantly remind developers of the device and technology. Because domestic neurosurgery has a very good sound in the world, Czech doctors were among them. “We participated both in the development of the user environment – ie in the development of microscope control, and in the development of image quality in terms of color resolution of individual tissues. It was a unique and great opportunity, “ explains doc. Lipina. Now the device is completely certified in the Czech Republic as well.

“I must say that thanks to the knowledge of Associate Professor Lipina and his entire team, the development was significantly accelerated ,” said Daniel Pavlišta, the microscope manufacturer’s representative, at the handover of the microscope manufacturer.

In addition, in the current coronavirus crisis, the microscope allows complex neurosurgical, otorhinolaryngological and plastic surgery to be performed on COVID-19-positive patients using full protective equipment, which is almost impossible with a conventional microscope.

Author: Barry Stagg