new dental microscope / scope – Part 6: dental scope ATMOS iView prototype office beta testing
(by Dr. Andreas Habash)
A view days ago we had the chance do to some testing with the prototype of the new ATMOS iView dental microscope for nearly three weeks in our dental office.
First impressions: No frills, smooth surfaces, no cable, no fiber optics, cladding of the stand-arms made of aluminum, good hygiene opportunity, narrow foot, long microscope arm, no fan noise (as there is no fan)
As it turned out, the long microscope arm was due to the fact that the ENT version comes with this arm. A shorter version of the arm is planned to be used with the dental version of the scope.
In normal daily practice, the dental microscope was used in all areas of modern dentistry.
This included conservative treatments, minimally invasive restorative treatments, endodontic treatments up to dental surgical treatments such as apicectomy.
Most impressive was the optical power.
The main advantage is the large exit pupil, which makes work very easy and enjoyable.
Especially the colours and the clear picture provided by the new optical system convinced at surgical treatments.
Integrated into the optics there is a VGA camera which can be connected in different ways as several plugs for different output systems are provided.
We have been able to use this feature to directly get a picture on the screen placed on the dental unit we use.
But now a few details.
– multi-function-box (we invented this name so it probably has a different name)
The multi-function-box mounted on the foot of the scope stand is used on the one hand for power suply of the integrated LED illumination, on the other hand the signal of the image provided by the integrated VGA camera can be picked up from several outputs provided there. In addition, some other connections to various additional options are already provided in the box. There is only one cable installed in the scope stand – providing both, power for the LED and camera and the signal of the integrated camera. In the version we tested there was also a HDMI cable for an external camera mounted inside the scope stand.
– External documentation solution
In the iView dental microscope, a documentation output is directly integrated into the microscope body.
In our trial there was an HD imaging port connected to the camera adapter.
We had the opportunity to use a NEX-5N for documentation. Images taken with this camera will be published in a separate post. The documentation output has the possibility to connect other documentation ports. In my eyes, this is not the way to choose since the HD imaging port is perfectly matched to the optical system of the microscope. Also for „Documentation newbies“ in our office it was possible to get perfect pictures after a short introduction to the system.
In the final version it is planned to be possible to release the shutter of the Sony NEX from the iView keyboard. This is possible via infrared remote control in single-image mode of the camera.
– weightless-motion coupling
the good balancing of the microscope and the weightless-motion coupling is responsible for the perfect adjustment of the microscope.
The adjustable handles are positioned further toward practitioner.
This is quite different compared to other scopes.
After a short period of getting used to this position it has two key advantages.
first: the assistance has a clear field for operating
second: the knobs of the coupler magnification on both sides are easy to reach without the handles in the way of the dentist.
– Magnification Changer
The knobs are moving precisely and are easy to rotate. There is a finger recess in the knob. This is nice as it is the position of the 1:1 setting of the changer.
– lens fine focus
This fine focus was initially ignored by us, but turned out to be very helpful as soon as you became familiar with it. The large screw and the stroke of 17mm facilitated the focus considerably. We have learned to appreciate that especially when focusing on the photo-documentation.
– Keypad / control panel
mounted between the two handles the keyboard is easy to reach. In further stages of development different keys can be used for upcomming functions. It is already being planned to use the keys for an electric brake for the tripod arms and the above mentioned release function for the camera.
In the IView the LED is integrated directly into the scope body.
This results, in lack of fibre optics and fan.
The light quality is very neutral in color. Colors are reproduced perfectly. This is of course due to the apochromatic lenses in the microscope optics.
The light quality is very neutral with a color temperature of 5.500 K which comes from the patented LED lighting system.
- What needs to be better for the final production …
… it would be nice if the spring in the „long“ microscope arm has „more tension“
… the handles in the final version lock better into position
… for the prototype, we would have liked a inclinable binoculars (f=200), which will be first available in October.
Overall, our „cons“ are surely „wailing at a very high level.“
The microscope is built very solid, has very good optics and a completely new lighting concept.
Anyone planning on going for a new scope should have a look at the Atmos iView.