TORONTO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Novadaq(R) Technologies Inc.(TSX: NDQ), a developer of real-time medical imaging systems and image guidedtherapies for the operating room, today announced that the SPY(R)Intra-operative Imaging System will be used during a live on-line broadcast toconfirm placement and assess the quality of coronary artery bypass graftsperformed by Christine McCarty, MD, using the daVinci(R) S Surgical RoboticSystem. The broadcast will air today at 6 p.m. EST and can be viewed on lineat www.or-live.com/PinnacleHealth/2120.
During the broadcast, Dr. McCarty, chair of cardiac surgery atPinnacleHealth, will complete double vessel bypass surgery on a beating heart.Once the bypass grafts are completed and while the patient is still in theoperating room, Dr. McCarty will use the SPY System to visualize blood flowthrough the grafts and in native tissue. Adequate blood flow in the graft andnative tissue may prevent the need for repeat surgery and reduce the potentialfor post-operative complications. Dr. McCarty has been using the SPY Systemroutinely in her practice of cardiac surgery since November 2005. Dr. McCartywill be available to answer questions electronically from the online audienceduring the event.
Robotically-assisted minimally invasive cardiac surgical proceduresthrough small incisions can reduce the potential for some of the drawbacks oftraditional heart surgery, such as pain and scarring that typically resultsfrom opening the chest. However, small incisions may also affect the cardiacsurgeon's ability to see all that they would normally see in an open chestbypass procedure. During robotic procedures, SPY may enable surgeons tovisualize the blood flow in bypass grafts and blood vessels and thereforeassist in determining whether or not the grafts are functioning properly.
"PinnacleHealth is proud to showcase the joint use of leading edgetechnologies - Novadaq's SPY Intra-operative System and Intuitive Surgical'sda Vinci(R) S Surgical System - demonstrating to the community that the latestadvances in medical care are available in central Pennsylvania," says JeanWiest, Vice President for Cardiopulmonary and Transport services atPinnacleHealth.
PinnacleHealth includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburgand Polyclinic), FamilyCare physician practices, home health and hospiceservices, FirstPlace urgent care center and an array of healthcare services.PinnacleHealth Heart & Vascular Institute has been the pioneer incardiovascular care in Central Pennsylvania since 1956 when our surgeonsperformed the area's first open-heart surgery. We stay on the leading edgetoday by applying emerging treatments and technology and through clinicaltrials and research.
For more information about PinnacleHealth please visit:www.pinnaclehealth.org.
About Novadaq Technologies
Novadaq Technologies Inc. (TSX: NDQ) develops and commercializes medicalimaging systems and real-time image guided therapies for use in the operatingroom. Novadaq's proprietary ICG imaging systems can be used to visualize bloodvessels, nerves and the lymphatic system during a variety of surgicalprocedures. Novadaq's SPY Imaging System, commercially available worldwide,enables cardiac surgeons to visually assess coronary vasculature and bypassgraft functionality during the course of heart bypass surgery. The SPY Systemis expandable to include upgrade kits for use during other surgeries such asother cardiovascular, plastic, reconstructive and organ transplant surgeryallowing surgeons to evaluate blood flow and tissue and organ perfusion. Inaddition, SPY is ideal for use during urological procedures enabling surgeonsto visualize vessels, tumors, the lymphatic system and potentially nervebundles. Novadaq's OPTTX(R) System is aimed at the diagnosis, evaluation andtreatment of wet Age-related Macular