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    The Future of Microscope

    Here is the predicted future in microscopes concerning the daily developments in the field of medicine.

    As technology grows from day to day, other fields also develop as they integrate technology to build more sophisticated appliances to make service delivery faster and efficient. One of the fields that are affected by technology is medicine. Raising the standards of healthcare as service delivery improves are some of the motives that drive technological developments in medicine. There is certainly no exception in pathology since there is a rise in the use of a microscope in Singapore. As the field grows, complex testing is needed.

    The Future of Microscope

    Other than pressure caused by economic standards, getting new laboratory staff is also another challenge since there is a need for more manpower to handle the rising needs for testing. According to recent statistics, clinical laboratories are among the top-ranked workplaces. It is not surprising since laboratory technician and technologists are some of the fast-growing jobs. It is projected that the number of laboratories will rise by about 15% as the year 2020 approaches. However, with the growth being projected there is also a rising need for professional training and preparation for the field.

    Future Focused Challenges:

    Other than the economy and educational issues, future-focused developments also pose a great challenge to the field. Professionals in the medicine and technology fields are up and running to come up with more reliable and efficient systems to ease operations in the laboratories. The projected systems are also required to work in a timely manner, minimize errors, and waste in their operation. Laboratories are in much need of ultra-dependable instruments which will perform tasks consistently and easily adapt to the ever-changing needs of the users as technology develops. Right instruments for laboratory operations need to make a difference by offering more flexibility and faster response to the changing user needs. Among the most important instruments used is the microscope, which requires extensive training and certification of the users. Other than offering better optical performance, today’s microscopes offer more efficiency, reach ergonomic standards and proves to well adapt to future developments. 

    Increasing Efficiency:

    One of the priorities of microscopy instruments is more efficiency. Energy saving is mostly achieved through the use of light emitting diodes for illumination. Microscope manufacturers are using the same technology of LED in airplane lights, televisions and traffic lights to make more efficient microscopes. The new choice for illumination promotes excellent color fidelity at a much cheaper cost than other sources of illumination. The traditional halogen bulbs are slowly being brushed away as microscope manufacturers are switching to light emitting diodes for illumination. Light emitting diodes illumination systems are so far proving to have more environmental benefits than the natural sources of illumination. So far, the LED illuminations are producing all colors with desired quality. Although they are slightly more costly than the natural halogen bulbs, the LED illuminators save more energy and last for long reducing the repairs and maintenance cost.

    The technological advancements have also seen advancement in communication and transmission of information. This has facilitated more training and research to increase the functionality of clinical apparatus. This has also led to the development of software that is integrated into microscopes to increase functionality as more focused images are produced. The current software is integrated in a way that more than one computer can be viewing the illumination in a single microscope.

    Emphasizing Ergonomics:

    Ergonomics of the apparatus continues to be one of the priorities for efficiency and increased accuracy in clinical operations. The more freely the operators use the appliances the lesser the errors that may arise from the operations. Today’s microscopes have highly invested in designing user-friendly parts which are adaptable to the changing needs of the users. The microscopes have been developed to remove bias so that both the right handed and left handed can operate with ease. The angles between the lenses are designed to accept movements at an angle of 360 degrees. The heads are also designed to adjust to the angles of the eyepiece. The stage is also among the concerns of today’s microscopes. They are designed with ultra-low stages some of which are barely five inches from the work surface. This facilitates lesser forearm movements for changing or marking the specimen. To control upfront towards the user, some microscopes have adjustable knobs.

    As technology keeps on advancing, there are more expectations in the development of a microscope in Singapore.

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