The objective assessment of tissue perfusion is of utmost importance to plastic surgeons. Nevertheless, clinical observation remains the accepted gold standard for assessment of microcirculation. Dynamic laser fluorescence videography is a new technique for objective assessment of blood flow. We describe our clinical experience using this technique in plastic surgical patients. Possible implementations include evaluation of pedicle (random and axial pattern) flaps, monitoring of free tissue transfer and replants, and the objective determination of burn depth. Compared with standard clinical assessment techniques indocyanine green imaging provides significant additional information which allows a rational and evidence-based planning of surgery.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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