Fluorescent Imaging Technology Improves Breast Surgery Outcomes


As announced by the Arizona Center for Reconstructive Breast Surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgeons can now use advanced fluorescent imaging technology, such as the SPY Elite Fluorescence Imaging System, to improve surgery outcomes.

Fluorescent imaging can help with critical decision making during surgery by capturing a patient’s real-time perfusion, or the quality of blood flow through their vessels. A surgeon’s ability to visualize blood flow in real-time may reduce rates of post-op complications and improve surgery outcomes overall.

More specifically, fluorescent technology helps surgeons visualize perfusion beyond what the human eye can see, helping with decisions such as where to make an incision, and (or) how much tissue to remove. This visualization is achieved using a near-infrared, low power laser to activate a fluorescent substance injected into the patient’s bloodstream.

The fluorescent substance binds to proteins in the blood, and emits a luminous signal when activated by light. A camera captures the signal and displays it on a monitor. The technique is considered safe for both staff and patients; no ionizing radiation is involved as with traditional X-rays.

Fluorescent imaging technology is cleared for use by the FDA not only for reconstructive breast surgery, but for other procedures including coronary artery bypass grafts, colorectal surgeries, organ transplants, plastic, reconstructive, and micro-surgeries.

Source: PR Newswire
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