St. Dominic Hospital First in State to Use Robotic Flourescence

Imaging Technology

St. Dominic Hospital is the first hospital in the state to obtain a new near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system available for the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

Patrick Daily, MD, of Mississippi Urology Clinic, performed the first surgery using the technology on July 18, 2011, at St. Dominic Hospital. Daily used the technology while removing a tumor from a patient’s kidney.

“Florescence imaging enhances the surgeon’s vision and allow for more precision and control of the already minimally invasive da Vinci surgery,” said Heather Boling, director of surgery for St. Dominic Hospital. “It permits the surgeon to perform complex surgeries in a more precise, sparing manner.”

The fluorescence imaging technology offers the capability of providing real-time, image guided identification of key anatomical landmarks. The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a green colored dyecalled IndoCyanine Green (ICG) that is then activated by near-infrared light. The camera can then switch views between standard real time images and images illuminated by the dye.

The technology also allows surgeons to differentiate between malignant and normal tissue as the surgery is being performed because cancerous tissue stains less brightly than normal tissue.

“St. Dominic’s continues to keep pace with the tremendous advances in surgical technology and innovation,” said Trace Swartzfager, vice president for professional services at St. Dominic Hospital. “Acquiring these technological advances has allowed St. Dominic’s to continue to provide quality patient care and to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. “

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