Shifting the paradigm in surgical vision with fluorescence molecular imaging

March 8, 2012

For thousands of years, clinical decision-making during surgery has been based on human vision. Discolorations and anatomical appearances often indicate abnormalities that can be correlated to various pathologies: inflammation is red, hypoxia is blue, and jaundice appears yellow. Tactile information also offers valuable information during surgery, but it comes with limited sensitivity and specificity.