Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2019 Aug;52(4):205-220. 10.5090/kjtcs.2019.52.4.205.

Real-Time Fluorescence Imaging in Thoracic Surgery

Affiliations
  • 1Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. hchoi12@mgh.harvard.edu
  • 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. ihoseok@pusan.ac.kr
  • 3Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging provides a safe and cost-efficient method for immediate data acquisition and visualization of tissues, with technical advantages including minimal autofluorescence, reduced photon absorption, and low scattering in tissue. In this review, we introduce recent advances in NIR fluorescence imaging systems for thoracic surgery that improve the identification of vital tissues and facilitate the resection of tumorous tissues. When coupled with appropriate NIR fluorophores, NIR fluorescence imaging may transform current intraoperative thoracic surgery methods by enhancing the precision of surgical procedures and augmenting postoperative outcomes through improvements in diagnostic accuracy and reductions in the remission rate.

Keyword

Intraoperative imaging; Fluorescence; Near-infrared; Thoracic surgery; Lymph nodes

MeSH Terms

Absorption
Fluorescence*
Lymph Nodes
Methods
Optical Imaging*
Thoracic Surgery*
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