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The Department of ENT Diseases at University Hospital ”St. Marina’’ Has the Latest Generation Surgical Microscope

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The Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases at University Hospital "St. Marina"-Varna already has a surgical microscope of the latest generation, provided by MU-Varna. The investment is worth BGN 324 000, and the microscope is the first and only one of its kind in our country.   

The cutting-edge technology meets all modern requirements and the highest standards in the field of ENT. This is the latest generation apparatus, it is multifunctional and has plenty of possibilities of usage. It gives full comfort both to the specialists for providing medical services at a high level, to the patients for getting quality treatment, to the Department for training undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students, and for doing scientific research at a qualitatively new level in the field of ENT.

The team of the ENT Department has been trained in the new functionalities of the surgical microscope and performs the entire range of surgeries at a higher level, using all the features of the new apparatus.

 "One of the major advantages that the high-tech surgical microscope ensures is providing extremely ergonomic and comfortable working conditions for doctors. The device provides good light in the operating field, stable balance, an optical system for enlarging the image in details, good depth of focus in fine structures, which indirectly facilitates the work of surgeons and ensures better quality of treatment for the patient. The recovery period for patients is easy and fast", explained Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikolay Sapundzhiev, Head of the ENT Department at University Hospital "St. Marina"-Varna.  

Besides its functions as a surgical tool, the operating microscope has additional capabilities beyond the basic configuration required for each operating room. This state-of-the-art apparatus is an absolutely compatible technological system with the available digital equipment at MU-Varna. This is an exceptional advantage for the ENT Department at University Hospital "St. Marina"-Varna, in its capacity as training facilities of MU-Varna, because through a built-in high-quality camera it provides an opportunity for transmitting video images. The microscope allows what is being performed in the operating room to be broadcast live in each of the training rooms at MU-Varna, as well as to record the training content - the surgeries performed through it to be documented and presented later on.

Another advantage of the new device is the ability to create a digital patient file. In medicine, there is an international standard to transmit, store, retrieve, print, process, and display medical data - DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine). The microscope maintains this standard and through connecting to the hospital server, it allows exchanging and archiving all patient metadata. Thus, an electronic medical file is created for each patient, compatible with the entire infrastructure of the hospital, which tremendously facilitates the work of specialists in subsequent admission, as they already have the complete information on patient's previous diseases, medical tests and interventions.

The first surgeries with the new operating microscope have already been successfully performed in the ENT Department at University Hospital "St. Marina"-Varna. "The feeling experienced while working with the microscope is absolutely new - you start it, and everything becomes intuitive and very easy. The most miniscule details have been taken into consideration in contrast to the old microscopes. Now it is easy to work and in complete comfort", added Assoc. Prof. Sapundzhiev.