The Future of Fluorescence in Vascular Neurosurgery
In vascular neurosurgery, surgical microscopes are used to provide a magnified and illuminated view of the surgical field. Although surgeons benefit greatly from the superb image quality and optical magnification offered by the microscope, current limitations of the microscope mean that surgeons have to rely on their color acuity to differentiate between different tissue types.
One challenge is being able to simultaneously visualize and assess the anatomical structures and blood flow in real time. Fluorescence techniques, such as near infrared (