Instructions: Smartphone-to-Microscope Adapter
Our goal is to enhance and simplify photography of donor organ pathology.
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Instructions for Ochsner’s Universal Smartphone-to-Microscope Adapter

Thank you for using our new tool and helping to achieve our goal of enhancing and simplifying photography of donor organ pathology. With this tool we hope to improve communication of accurate images between donor and recipient teams, thereby enhancing organ utilization.

This project is a collaboration between Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute and innovationOchsner’s medical 3D Laboratory.

Setup Instructions

How to Install Smartphone Microscope Adapter:

Installation should take approximately. 1-2 minutes.


Place the slide on the microscope and bring the specimen into focus on the field.


Clamp the adapter to the microscope. First center the opening in the adapter over the eyepiece of the microscope. Turn Dial #1 until it’s snug.


Place the phone onto the adapter, lining up the phone’s camera with the opening of the adapter. Turn the phone to camera mode for this step.


Turn Dial #2 until snug to clamp the phone onto the adapter.


Adjust the horizontal position by turning Dial #3.


If vertical adjustment is needed, slightly loosen dial #2 and adjust the phone up or down as needed. Then re-tighten dial #2. When setup is complete, the specimen should be visible on screen. Use the microscope controls to adjust magnification, focus and move the slide stage. Photo or video mode may be used on the camera.

Guidelines for Photos

    Examples of Quality Photos

    Full field. Specimen in focus. Various Magnifications  (2x, 4x, 10x)

    2x Magnification

    4x Magnification

    10x Magnification

    Example of Video

    Examples of Poor Quality Photos

    Too Much Glare

    Too Much Glare

    Too Dim

    Poor Focus

    Poor Field

    Poor Field

    Special Care Instructions

    • This device is printed using PLA (PolyLactic Acid). Although it is a biodegradable plastic and is environmentally friendly, we highly recommend that you do not use solvents and rather clean your device with a damp cloth.

    • Another consideration is to keep the device at room temperature when able as the plastic can become soft around 50 degrees Celsius.

    • If you have any further questions regarding the use or maintenance of your device, please do not hesitate to contact our bioengineering team.


    About innovationOchsner (iO)

    This innovation accelerator uses technology and data to create precision-focused, patient-centered solutions to keep patients healthier and providers more efficient.

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    About m3D Lab

    The Ochsner Medical 3D (m3D) lab is developing and using advanced visualization, anatomical modeling, and simulation in medicine.
    The m3D lab leverages multiple platforms, like 3D printing, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to facilitate patient education, enhance medical training and improve clinical care delivery.
    As part of innovationOchsner (iO), the m3D lab is utilizing 21st century tools to deliver 21st century care.

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    About Ochsner's Multi-Organ Transplant Institute

    Since its inception in 1984, Ochsner’s team of renowned physicians, surgeons, transplant nurses and support specialists have successfully performed more than 6,000 lifesaving liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung transplants in both adult and pediatric patients, and through our living donor program for living liver and living kidney transplants. This makes us the busiest, most experienced transplant center in the Gulf South region.

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