Indocyanine green enhanced surgery; principle, clinical applications and future research directions

Journal of Clinical and Investigative Surgery. 2018;3(1):1-8 DOI 10.25083/2559.5555/31.18

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Clinical and Investigative Surgery

ISSN: 2559-5555 (Online)

Publisher: Digital ProScholar Media

Society/Institution: Digital ProScolar media

LCC Subject Category: Medicine

Country of publisher: Romania

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Catalin Alius (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania)
Sorin Oprescu (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania)
Cristian Balalau (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania)
Adriana Elena Nica (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Over the past decade a new emergent technology has become very popular in all fields of surgery using Indocyanine green and near infrared fluorescent optical systems. This revolutionary approach overlaps conventional and near infrared images to produce highly informative intraoperative images on the anatomy and physiology of various tissues. Near infrared fluorescence is employed for perioperative angiography in vascular mapping, assessment of anastomoses, location of sentinel lymph nodes and delineation of biliary tree anatomy, highlighting tumours and metastatic deposits, improving surgical techniques and for many other uses. A lot of researchers have reported better surgical outcomes and technique innovations facilitated by this novel technology which although in its early stages, it lights up great interest worldwide. This article reviews the principle of the method, the properties of the fluorescent dye, the main clinical applications and discusses future research directions.