A metal optical instrument with a long, thin, cylindrical stem. A black coloured eyepiece is located at one end of the instrument, and an angled lens at the other. Protruding from the barrel of the instrument, adjacent to the eyepiece, is a port for a fiber optic light source. There is a narrow red band near the base of this port. There is a light blue band around the barrel of the arthroscope just past the port.
The arthroscope is fitted into a sheath with two ports protruding opposite each other from its perimeter. Where the sheath meets the arthroscope, there is a collar that locks the arthroscope into place. The collar has a small protruding handle that is painted blue.
Accession Number: 2020.JAC.6
Primary Materials: Metal, Glass
Printed in black lettering on the barrel of the arthroscope near the eyepiece: “25°// WOLF// 8475.42// PANOVIEW”
Printed in white lettering on the eyepiece: “MADE IN GERMANY// lumina// SL”
Stamped on the edge of the eyepiece: “139665”
Printed on the collar of the sheath: “R.WOLF U.S.A// 8865.03”
Printed in small lettering on the sheath near the ports: “23Y5”
Dimensions (cm): Height = 8, Width = 3, Length = 23.
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 light abrasions, nicks, and scratches across the surface of the instrument. The ports on the sheath have noticeable light scratches, especially around the ports. The edges of the eyepiece have light wear.
2020.JAC.17 is the same model of arthroscope and sheath.
Richard Wolf GmbH, Knittlingen, Germany.
Date of Manufacture: 20th C., post 1970s.
The Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy Collection was acquired by the University of Toronto from Dr. Jackson’s family on November 12th, 2020.
Richard Wolf GmbH., “History” Richard Wolf GmbH Company Website. https://web.archive.org/web/20220616020900/https://www.richard-wolf.com/en Accessed and archived, September 4, 2022.
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