Finding the right camera for surgical microscopy

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Every application in medical imaging has its individual requirements. We know how to help you find the best camera solution for your application.


Surgical microscopes show the finest details of the anatomy of the patient which are not perceptible by the surgeon’s eye alone. But more than that, modern technology integrates extra benefits like intraoperative imaging or video streaming, visual marking of tissue characteristics, and extra information coming with Augmented Reality (AR) to support decisions during the operation. Even operations from remote locations can be performed based on real time imaging from the OR.


Surgical microscopes are standard for most open surgeries done today. For minimal invasive surgeries endoscopes are used. A new trend is hyperspectral imaging (HSI) performed by a spectrographic camera. HSI can show tissue characteristics to discriminate healthy and pathological tissue.

When choosing a camera for surgical microscopy, the following aspects are relevant:

  • Small footprint of camera or even bare board to fit into the microscope head
  • Resolution that fits to monitor standards (1k, 4k)
  • True color imaging of the patient’s tissue
  • Excellent alignment in the optical path without any blurring or de-focus effects
  • Customization for fitting the camera into your existing system design
Strong team for microscopy imaging

µManager Adapter for Allied Vision cameras

Allied Vision and the µManager Team have jointly implemented a powerful combination of software and hardware for microscopic imaging applications. With the available µManager adapter Allied Vision cameras can easily be configured and used to acquire high-quality images for microscopy tasks, such as live preview and real-time control, time-lapse imaging, multi-channel imaging, or z-stacking.

Allied Vision is officially listed as supported camera vendor and suitable cameras are listed in the µManager documentation

If you asked yourself what the best camera for your microscopy application might be, just reach out to us. We are happy to support you.

Finding the right camera for your application

Allied Vision holds an ISO 13485 certification for the development and production of cameras for medical devices. By focusing on what counts for each customer, Allied Vision finds solutions for every application, a practice which has made Allied Vision one of the leading camera manufacturers worldwide in the machine vision market.

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