Surgeons & Astronomers Working Together

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Doctors in the Netherlands teamed up with astronomers to solve their vibration problems with microscopes.


    Physicians in the Netherlands were having problems performing detailed eye surgeries due to vibrations of their microscope so they turned to astronomers for help.  Sounds like an unlikely collaboration, but astronomers had developed a rig to still vibrations for one of their planet hunter telescopes.  The rig, called a Hummingbird device, was originally devised for ESA’s Darwin telescope that never really took off.  Hummingbird is helping to steady the microscope for doctors performing such precise surgeries as repairing retinal detachment.  One surgeon said, “When you’re working within less than 1 mm, a shaky microscope is not an option.”