Fluorescence Imaging Technology

Maine’s first hospital to use fluorescence imaging technology during robotic surgery
When performing surgery, having better visualization of tissue and blood vessels may improve precision and reduce complications. That’s the advantage provided by fluorescence imaging technology now available at Eastern Maine Medical Center for certain robot-assisted surgeries.
This technology uses a camera and glowing dye to illuminate blood vessels and tissue during surgery, allowing surgeons to see actual blood flow. Blood appears green, and tissue that does not have good blood flow is gray. Fluorescence imaging has benefits during surgical weight loss revision procedures as well as gallbladder, head and neck, pelvic floor, colon, and other types of surgery. It can be used to highlight the differences between cancerous and non-cancerous tissue, making it more likely that healthy tissue will remain in place, and cancerous tissue will not be left behind during kidney, colon, and uterine surgery.
Patients do not feel anything different during or after surgery. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon educates the patient about fluorescence imaging. On the day of surgery, dye is injected, which enables the desired anatomy to glow. In the operating room, a camera provides both standard and fluorescent light, allowing the surgeon to switch back and forth between different modes and providing multiple views. After the surgery, the dye leaves the body naturally and has no lingering effects.
Do you have a question about fluorescence imaging at EMMC? Ask your physician about this technology or complete the contact form to the right.