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Intraoperative IR imaging in the cardiac operating room
Author(s): Tamas Szabo; Levente Fazekas; Ferenc Horkay; Laslu Geller; Tibor Gyongy; Alexander Juhasz-Nagy
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Paper Abstract

The high blood flow rate and the considerable metabolic activity render the myocardium a possible candidate for IR imaging. The study was aimed to test cardiothermography in evaluating arterial bypass graft patency and in assessing myocardial protection during open-heart surgery. Ten patients underwent arterial bypass grafting. Thermograms were obtained immediately before and after opening the grafts. As the bypasses were opened in hypothermia the warmer blood coming from the extracorporeal circulation readily delineated graft and coronary anatomy. By the end of the 5 min observation period, the revascularized area exhibited a temperature increase of 5.9 +/- 0.7 degrees C. The affectivity of antegrade cardioplegia was monitored in 38 patients undergoing either valve implantations or aorto- coronary bypass surgery. Thermographic imags were taken after sternotomy, before aortic cross-clamping and after administrating the 4 degrees C cardioplegic solution. Most of the patients displayed adequate myocardial cooling, moreover the bypass-group exhibited a more profound temperature-decrease. In conclusion, cardiothermography can visualize arterial grafts, recipient coronaries and collaterals seconds after opening by bypass, thus it properly evaluated arterial bypass graft patency. The obtained images could easily be analyzed for qualitative flow- and quantitative temperature changes. Myocardial protection could also be safely assessed with thermography.

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Date Published: 26 July 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3698, Infrared Technology and Applications XXV, (26 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354506
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Tamas Szabo, Semmelweis Medical Univ. (Hungary)
Levente Fazekas, Semmelweis Medical Univ. (Hungary)
Ferenc Horkay, Semmelweis Medical Univ. (Hungary)
Laslu Geller, Semmelweis Medical Univ. (Hungary)
Tibor Gyongy, Semmelweis Medical Univ. (Hungary)
Alexander Juhasz-Nagy, Semmelweis Medical Univ. (Hungary)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3698:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXV
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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