Big things come in small packages, but that doesn’t always mean you can see them at first glance. When it was invented, the microscope helped reveal a whole world of mysteries that were (sometimes literally) right under our noses.
It’s a world we’ve been exploring ever since. With each new advance in medical technology, we have been able to learn more about the microscopic world and how it affects us – and vice versa.
At a time when coronaviruses are a common concern, the importance of the microscope is clearer than ever. As teams work hard to find vaccines and other ways to combat such an invisible threat, it is interesting to note the impact of the microscope on the health industry.
Comfort and speed test
Go back a few hundred years and you will find a world without any medical care. Not only because the social safety nets that form the backbone of the industry are not in place, but also because there is scientific evidence. A better understanding of the microscopic world gives us a better understanding of what we can do with it, which means a better understanding of how to test and define certain conditions.
However, the ease with which these tests can be performed has always been a problem. The complexity of the objectives and the microscopes themselves has always been an obstacle to faster testing. While high school biology students can often use simple microscopes, they are incredibly simple and easy to use compared to the complex microscopes used in professional laboratories.
However, laboratory microscopes are becoming easier to use and therefore easier to test. Tests that used to take hours or days are now done in a fraction of that time. Improved microscope technology, which allows us to understand people better and therefore diagnose them faster, is part of the reason.
Advanced surgical technique
One area that has particularly benefited from advances in microscopic technology in recent decades and is sometimes neglected is surgery.
Before the 1970s, there were countless baseball pitchers whose careers were prematurely interrupted by injury. Modern surgical techniques, made possible by advanced microscopic technology, have nevertheless enabled the players to receive better treatment and prolong their careers.
Advancement of knowledge of cellular diseases
As our microscopic methods develop, so does our knowledge of the world of disease. We now understand better than ever how this disease works and how it attacks people.
In addition, we can use this knowledge in combination with the empirical data that we can obtain through improved microscopic techniques to find treatments for these diseases. Improvements in microscopes and the data we receive from them have a direct impact on our overall quality of life.
As mentioned above, the explosive development of medical technology in recent decades, particularly microscopic technology, has led to the development or expansion of a variety of tests in different areas that require more sophisticated microscopes. Fifty years ago, many of these tests would have been impossible. Today, they are more and more commonplace and our lives are better.
Among the areas where microscopic examination is improved:
- Dental work: In dentistry, you work with a smaller surface area from the beginning. This can cause problems for dentists when performing complex procedures, especially oral surgery. Fortunately, advances in microscopes have made it much easier for dentists to detect and treat various problems more comprehensively. The higher the magnification level, the greater the chance of success in various types of oral surgery, as it allows the dentist to see cracks and other defects that might otherwise be missed.
- OBGYN position: When it comes to something as important as helping women during pregnancy, you want the best resolution, and improved microscopes make it possible.
- Laboratory work: Few things are as important to healthcare as laboratories. The work here can range from routine blood tests to specific tests for cellular problems, diseases, viruses, etc. The high level of quality increase is of course a great help. They can also help identify abnormal cell behavior, such as early signs of cancer, allowing doctors to prescribe better treatment more quickly.
Microscopes have come a long way in the past few decades, taking the medical industry to places it never imagined it could go, and they will continue to do so.