Invisible vessels rendered visible: First ICG measurement at IRDC

April 15, 2011 With the aid of a contrast agent (indocyanine green) and special optics, vessels can be viewed even while still covered by a layer of mucus membrane. The picture shows the sphenopalatine artery, an important vessel in the paranasal sinuses that was visualized for the first time during surgery at the IRDC with the aid of ICG measurement. This technology promises improved orientation during complicated surgical steps as well as increased patient safety. In the coming weeks, this technology will be further established at the ACQUA Klinik, so that a decision can be made regarding its inclusion in the surgical cockpit.

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