When body tissue is reconnected during a tumor operation in the gastrointestinal tract, surgeons need information about the current state of these so-called anastomoses. The new, non-invasive hyperspectral imaging technology now makes it possible to measure the crucial parameters during surgery and thereby increase surgical precision.
In this interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com, Professor Ines Gockel talks about the advantages of intraoperative hyperspectral imaging for physicians and patients and explains its different application options in visceral surgery.
Professor Gockel, how does intraoperative hyperspectral imaging work?
Prof. Ines Gockel: Hyperspectral imaging enables us to examine different parts of the gastrointestinal tract – predominantly in the abdomen. Needless to say, this is very important for us because, in addition to the blood circulation, which is essential for gastrointestinal or anastomotic healing, we are also able to measure various other tissue parameters. This includes the water content in the tissue, the hemoglobin concentration in the tissue and oxygen saturation for example. To do this, during the surgery, the camera is placed on the open abdomen at intervals of thirty centimeters above the patient’s stomach in a non-contact manner. ...
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