Good Sam "Spys" into the Future
West Islip, N.Y. – New technology at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center will now allow physicians to make critical decisions in real time, further optimizing patient care.
SPY Angiography uses state-of-the-art equipment and a special dye, known as ICG green, to visualize blood flow to tissues in real time. This is especially useful during reconstructive surgical procedures, when it is imperative to determine the amount and quality of blood flow to an area of the body. Now with SPY Angiography, physicians, such as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Stephen Harris, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan and Jonathan Landon, MD, are able to use this information to make critical decisions immediately during a procedure.
Different from traditional angiography, in which particular blood vessels are imaged, SPY Angiography provides a full assessment of perfusion to a particular area, such as a skin and muscle flap utilized in reconstruction. This permits, in real time, an assessment of the quantity and quality of perfusion and hence the nutrients and oxygen carried to an entire area.
For procedures such as breast reconstruction following mastectomy, the ability to assess perfusion to the breast flaps enables the plastic and reconstructive surgeon the ability to adapt the reconstructive procedure specifically for that patient. This real time assessment guides the surgeon in tailoring the most appropriate, individualized options for that particular case. In addition, SPY Angiography can also assist in the assessment and closing of wounds via an assessment of their perfusion, shortening healing time and speeding up the recovery process.
“Good Samaritan Hospital yet again finds itself at the forefront of medical technology with the addition of SPY Angiography,” said Dr. Landon. “Based on the real-time assessment of blood flow to the tissue, I can choose the most appropriate reconstructive option for each individual. This provides the absolute best, advanced reconstructive treatment for breast cancer patients.”
Good Samaritan’s Breast Health Center offers a dynamic, multidisciplinary team approach, with dedicated breast imagers, pathologists, referring physicians, breast oncologic surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, registered radiological technologists, registered nurses and genetic counselors providing women with timely, state-of-the-art and compassionate care for breast disease. With early detection, innovative technology and advanced diagnostic and treatment services, more women are surviving breast cancer today than ever before.
For more information about Good Samaritan’s breast health services, call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.