New camera technology cuts cancer operation risks

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Ground-breaking visual technology that reduces the risk of operations and allows more accurate surgery is being used for the first time at a Gold Coast private hospital.

Pindara Private Hospital is the first in the region to invest in cutting-edge imaging equipment which helps cut patients’ theatre time and the chance of complications.

The Stryker AIM 1588 Platform aids minimally-invasive keyhole procedures across specialities including gynaecologic oncology, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and colorectal surgery.

“This technology has been proven to be highly accurate in identifying potential sites for cancer dissemination,” said Adjunct Professor Marcelo Nascimento, the first surgeon at Pindara to use it.

“It definitely has a major impact in decreasing intraoperative, immediate post-operative and also long-term risks to patients.”

The platform’s near-infrared technology illuminates dye injected into the blood stream, using a military-grade camera to enhance image quality for the surgeon.

A/Prof Nascimento was able to identify the sentinel lymph nodes – from where cancer starts to spread – in an endometrial procedure on a patient, avoiding the need to remove all regional lymph glands. This reduced the risk of the patient developing lymphoedema, a post-operative swelling that is difficult to treat.

“The imaging-guided sentinel node biopsy technology will decrease unnecessary morbidity to patients with no compromise of oncologic outcomes. It is reliable and has very low levels of false results,” A/Prof Nascimento said.

Pindara CEO Trish Hogan said investing in such innovations helps the hospital achieve its primary goals of providing patient safety and positive outcomes.

In March 2017, Pindara became the first Australian hospital to implement the Artemis transperineal system, which uses robotic and MRI technology to increase ease, safety and accuracy of prostate biopsies.

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