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Arthroscope (Storz)

Health Sciences · Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy

A metal optical instrument with a long, thin stem and an angled handle. The instrument was not received with a corresponding sheath.

The stem of the arthroscope consists of a central cylindrical lens with narrower cylindrical fiber optic channels on either side. Behind this is a rotating nut used to attach the arthroscope to its sheath. At the other end of this stem is a port into which narrow instruments may be inserted. This has a small valve attached to it, presumably to close it off. A grey plastic handle and eyepiece are attached to the optical stem at an angle. Protruding from the upper part of the handle is a port for a fiber optic light source.

Accession Number: 2020.JAC.19

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Steel, Plastic, Glass.


On facets of the grey handle adjacent to the fiber optic port: “STORZ Germany”, “HOPKINS
A red “0” is engraved on the collar where the arthroscope meets a corresponding sheath.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 7, Width = 5, Length = 23.5.


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 across the surface of the instrument. The glass of the eyepiece is slightly dirty.

Associated Instruments:

2020.JAC.7 is a similar instrument from the same manufacturer, though with a longer handle.

Manufacturer: KARL STORZ company, Tuttlingen, Germany

Date of Manufacture: Post 1960s


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

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Historical Notes:

  • Donated to UTSIC