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Leading Plastic Surgeons at Duke Adopt SPY
Date:5/8/2008

SPY Used to Plan and Optimize Reconstruction Surgery

TORONTO, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Novadaq(R) Technologies Inc. (TSX: NDQ), a developer of real-time imaging and image guidance systems for use in the operating room, announced today that plastic surgeons at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina are routinely using the SPY(R) Imaging System in plastic reconstructive surgical procedures. Since beginning to use SPY near the end of 2007, L. Scott Levin, M.D. and Michael R. Zenn, M.D., have completed 50 SPY procedures during a variety of muscle, bone and free tissue or "perforator flap" plastic reconstructive surgeries for the treatment of traumatic injuries, congenital deformities and various cancers.

Use of a patient's own tissue to create a new body part is rapidly gaining popularity. In these surgeries, tiny vessels called perforators provide the blood supply to a tissue "flap" known as a "perforator" flap. These flaps can be transferred from numerous donor sites to almost any other part of the body. During the procedure, these microscopic sized vessels are co-joined to recipient vessels to supply blood to the reconstructed tissue. Locating the most appropriate perforator vessel is critical to achieving successful outcomes, but is often a lengthy process for the surgeon and OR team.

In the past, surgeons have used doppler ultra-sound and most recently computer tomography (CT) scanning to assist the identification process. However, since perforator vessels are so small, doppler ultra-sound has often been ineffective and CT cannot be performed in the operating room. The SPY System is the only fluorescent imaging system that enables plastic surgeons to visually assess blood flow in co-joined vessels, micro-vasculature and related tissue perfusion in real-time.

Drs. Levin and Zenn were the first to use SPY to intra-operatively locate and assess the quality of perforator vessels. Drs. Levin and Zenn are in th
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