Improving Patient Outcomes by Enhancing Tissue Visualization
EndoGlow produces fluorescent medical devices to enhance visualization during minimally invasive surgeries.
The need for more visual information to improve real time decision making inspired the creation of EndoGlow’s fluorescence based Tissue Reveal Technology™. Designed to work in conjunction with camera systems that image NIR, EndoGlow’s cutting-edge technology embeds fluorescence into surgical tools, eliminating the need to inject ICG or other dyes.
By embedding fluorescence, EndoGlow’s products trans-illuminate tissues in order to visualize subsurface pathology, surgical planes and relative tissue depth.
After finishing surgery late one evening, Dr. Doyle shared with colleagues her concern about the amount of scar tissue and anatomical distortion she had encountered during several of her recent surgeries. Although Dr. Doyle could see the surface topography of the anatomy, she was unable to see what lay in or underneath the tissue. Nor was she able to feel the tissue as these were robotic surgeries that lack haptic feedback. Her colleagues shared similar concerns and frustrations regarding the lack of haptics and wanting more visual information during robotic surgical procedures. This unmet need drove Dr. Doyle to seek a solution.
Dr. Doyle knew the benefits of using ICG and near infrared (NIR) imaging, but also realized it would not help visualize the areas of interest in the procedures that she performed. In medical school Dr. Doyle learned that trans-illuminating tissue provided insight into the health of the tissue. Combining her experience with NIR and the trans-illumination technique learned in school, Dr. Doyle asked the question “what if we could make manipulators glow under NIR?”. From that question was borne “Tissue Reveal Technology”.
EndoGlow's team has spent years researching different chemistries, materials and formulations to produce the desired fluorescent technology. The result of this research is our Tissue Reveal Technology™ (TRT). TRT allows the surgical team to see tissue depth and quality, it highlights surgical planes while exposing anomalies under the surface of the tissue. This reveals the true value of Tissue Reveal Technology™; the ability to give the surgeon visual information that is not otherwise available.
Our TRT enabled products work with laparoscopic and robotic camera systems that have Near Infrared imaging capabilities.
"Our vision was to solve the common problem of visualizing basic anatomical features below the surface and reducing patient risk during surgery.”