Intuitive receives FDA clearance for expanded use of Firefly imaging system
Sep 27, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a provider of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical devices, has received the FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded use of its da Vinci Fluorescence Imaging Vision System, or Firefly, for the da Vinci Surgical System. Firefly imaging can now be used during gallbladder surgery.
The Firefly Fluorescence Imaging Vision System enables surgeons to use a special video camera and glowing dye to view blood flowing in vessels and tissue during minimally invasive surgical procedures. When a surgeon uses the Firefly camera, blood appears green and tissue without blood flow appears gray.
In addition to providing the ability to view blood flow through vessels and tissue, the expanded use now includes real-time imaging of bile ducts (cystic duct, common bile duct and common hepatic duct). The Firefly imaging system is intended for use along with normal white light in imaging of the bile ducts and is not intended for standalone use.
"As a surgeon, real time and precise images during surgery are enormously helpful in achieving good patient outcomes," said Dr Myriam Curet, Chief Medical Advisor, Intuitive Surgical. "Intuitive Surgical has been committed to surgical innovation for more than a decade, providing surgeons with not only improved surgical dexterity, but enhanced visualization during surgery. We will continue to innovate and enhance the da Vinci Surgical System to provide surgeons with tools that help deliver optimal patient outcomes."
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