Image-guided laparoscopic surgical tool (IGLaST) based on the optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) to prevent bleeding

Byung Jun Park, Seung Rag Lee, Hyun Jin Bang, Byung Yeon Kim, Jeong Hun Park, Dong Guk Kim, Sung Soo Park, Young Jae Won

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We present an image-guided laparoscopic surgical tool (IGLaST) to prevent bleeding. By applying optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) to a specially designed laparoscopic surgical tool, the inside of fatty tissue can be observed before a resection, and the presence and size of blood vessels can be recognized. The optical sensing module on the IGLaST head has a diameter of less than 390 µm and is moved back and forth by a linear servo actuator in the IGLaST body. We proved the feasibility of IGLaST by in vivo imaging inside the fatty tissue of a porcine model. A blood vessel with a diameter of about 2.2 mm was clearly observed. Our proposed scheme can contribute to safe surgery without bleeding by monitoring vessels inside the tissue and can be further expanded to detect invisible nerves of the laparoscopic thyroid during prostate gland surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number919
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 21
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program (10051331) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of Korea.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Laparoscopic surgical tool
  • Laser and laser optics
  • Medical optics instrumentation
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Optical frequency domain imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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