Real‐time intraoperative nerve identification using collimated polarized light imaging
My name is Kenneth Chin, medical student at the University of Amsterdam. I have started to collaborate with prof. dr. Thomas van Gulik (Experimental Surgery) and dr. Simon Strackee (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) of the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam to further expand my project in the development of collimated polarized light imaging.
Currently there is a need for a quick and reliable intraoperative method to identify nerves. This is a key challenge, as unnecessary intraoperative nerve damage negatively impacts patients and has negative financial consequences for healthcare as well.
Our solution is CPLi, which enables superficial nerve identification from a long working distance in real‐time during surgery without the need for physical contact and additional coloring, such as fluorescent markers. Our working prototypes can be used as the basic design for further development and production of a clinically approved system suitable for implementation during surgery in any hospital.
Kenneth Chin, Medical Student, University of Amsterdam