FDA Clearance Granted for Fluorescence Imaging in Gallbladder Surgery
Intuitive Surgical has announced that its da Vinci® Fluorescence Imaging Vision System (Firefly™) can now be used for gallbladder surgery. This system utilizes a glowing dye and special video camera to view blood flowing through vessels and in tissue.
“As a surgeon, real time and precise images during surgery are enormously helpful in achieving good patient outcomes,” said Dr. Myriam Curet, Chief Medical Advisor, Intuitive Surgical.
When the Firefly™ camera is used by the surgeon, a specific wavelength laser causes the dye to illuminate. As this happens, the blood appears green, and tissue without blood flow appears gray. “This greater visualization, along with the greater surgical dexterity of the da Vinci Surgical System, is all aimed at delivering optimal patient outcomes,” says Dr. Myriam Curet, Chief Medical Advisor, Intuitive Surgical.