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170° “lumina” Arthroscope (Wolf)

Health Sciences · Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy

A metal instrument incorporating an arthroscope offset from a channel for a surgical tool. The eyepiece is offset by roughly 10cm from the main axis of the instrument by a 90° stem. At the back of the main stem is a rubber-covered port into which a surgical tool can be inserted in such a way that its operation can be observed by the tip of the instrument.

Near where the eyepiece stem meets the main axis of the instrument, there are two ports, one for an irrigation system, the other for a fiber optic light source.

Accession Number: 2020.JAC.16

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Primary Materials: Stainless Steel, Glass


Stamped or engraved on the barrel of the main axis of the instrument: “170°// WOLF// 4857.31”
Engraved on the eyepiece and painted in white lettering: “lumina// Made in Germany”
Engraved or stamped on the rim of the eyepiece: “96822”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 5, Width = 15.5, Length = 28.


An arthroscope is an optical instrument for viewing the interior of a joint during a surgical operation. Its development made possible minimally invasive surgery for many knee operations. It significantly improved diagnoses and healing times for many knee conditions. Specialized arthroscopes may also be used on smaller joints.


There are very light signs of wear along the surface of this instrument.

Associated Instruments:


Richard Wolf GmbH, Knittlingen, Germany.

Date of Manufacture: Post 1950s.


The Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy Collection was acquired by the University of Toronto from Dr. Jackson’s family on November 12th, 2020.

Additional Information and References:

Richard Wolf GmbH., “History” Richard Wolf GmbH Company Website. Accessed and archived, September 4, 2022.

Historical Notes:

Richard Wolf GmbH was founded in Knittlingen, Germany in 1947. Production of endoscopes began the following year.

Beginning in the 1970s, Wolf launched a number of subsidiaries in Germany and abroad, including Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. in Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA. [Richard Wolf GmbH., “History”]

  • Donated to UTSIC