Updated: Mar 10, 2022
In my experience, I have found using USB magnification tools the best for inspecting surgical instruments. However, in the lack thereof, I have found that when inspecting instrumentation under a light source (magnified or not) that using low light settings and reviewing instruments in non-direct light works better. The light reflection is reduced, which makes it easier to see flaws. Also, using a dark background works better too. My recommendation is a black mouse pad. It will also help reduce damage to the instrument while reviewing it. Lastly, I have also found that red spectrum light can also enhance flaws.
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