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Funds provide for special ENT microscope

More than 2,500 new pediatric patients are seen at the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Otolaryngology clinic every year, many requiring a thorough ear examination.

Equipment to see inside the patients’ ears is used frequently and available technology is constantly changing.

For that reason, Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger replaced a 20-year-old ENT Microscope with a new, state-of-the-art version.

“This will allow our providers to clearly see the inner ear canal and ear drums of our patients, which is important when we are trying to treat ear infections, look for ruptured ear drums or remove objects that are lodged in the canal,” said Kimberly Rohrer, Otolaryngology Clinic Supervisor and registered nurse. “There is an option that will allow parents to view what the doctor is seeing as well.”

The new microscope is equipped with a second set of eye pieces that allows the residents, other members of the medical team and/or the parents to see what the doctor is seeing.

“This is crucial in a teaching hospital with a residency program,” Rohrer added.

In addition, the new microscope will be suspended from the ceiling and will allow for better maneuvering. The ceiling mount also will free up valuable floor space making it easier for children using wheelchairs or other devices to move about the room. The clinic currently is working with a structural engineer to place the base of the microscope on the ceiling. The microscope will be shipped as soon as that project is completed.