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The Pinpoint fluorescence imaging system uses infrared cameras to transmit fluorescence images to surgeons, aiding in critical decision-making during surgeries. It''s primarily used in general and gynecologic cancer surgeries to identify sentinel lymph nodes, visualize blood flow, and assess tissue perfusion. Additionally, it helps differentiate tumors in the liver and biliary tract and evaluate colon nutrition in colorectal surgeries. The system operates by injecting a contrast agent, indocyanine green, which is monitored via infrared radiation to track its distribution in targeted tissues under operating room conditions.
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Pinpoint (Fluorescence Imaging System)

The fluorescence imaging system transmits fluorescence images created with the help of infrared cameras to the surgeon, helping to make critical decisions during surgery.

The fluorescence imaging system is used in many applications in general surgery, especially in gynecologic cancer surgery.

  • In intrauterine and cervical cancers, it shows the surgeon the first lymph node (sentinel) where the cancer has spread during surgery. Thus, it helps the physician in postoperative treatment planning.
  • It is used to visualize blood flow in vessels and microvessels, tissue and organ perfusion, lymphatic system and lymph nodes.  
  • It is used to differentiate biliary tract and liver tumors in general surgery and to evaluate colon nutrition in colorectal surgery.

The contrast agent called indocyanine green is injected with protocols prepared according to the intended use and imaging target. Then, utilizing the infrared radiation feature of this substance, its spread in the target tissues is monitored with infrared cameras under operating room conditions, and it is observed whether it reaches certain tissues.

Published by Acıbadem Web and Medical Content Editorial Board Update Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 Publish Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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