[Histonet] Microscope selection

Bob Richmond rsrichmond at gmail.com
Mon May 8 13:04:45 CDT 2017

Warda Hassan (where?) >>would like to have some advice from expert from the
field of pathology on microscope selection. Which one would you select as a
manufacturer for microscopes?<<

Speaking from more than 50 years of going to and fro in the world of
pathology, and walking up and down in it (apologies to Job 1:7b KJV):

A pathologist gets one new microscope per career, and if it was an AO
student scope 40 years ago (literally, I've had to work with several of
them), SOL. The lab manager selects and specifies the pathologist's
microscope, without input from the pathologist, and the pathologist needs
to remember to put the dust cover on the microscope every evening.

More detailed specs may be found in the annual update of The Hospital
Administrator and Lab Manager's Handy-Dandy Guide to Making Life Hard for
the Pathologist (ASCP Press publication).

Some specific items:

2x low power objective lens: fuggeddabbouddit

100x oil immersion lens: ditto

optical micrometer: ditto

double head microscope: ditto

polarizer: there's one on the pee scope across the hall

photomicrography: jiss use your iPhone

whole slide imaging: what's that?

Bob Richmond

Samurai Pathologist

Maryville TN

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