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Regional Medical Center of San Jose First Non-Academic Hospital to Use Robotic Fluorescence Imaging Technology in Bay Area

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July 20, 2012

(July 20, 2012, San Jose, Ca.) – Regional Medical Center of San Jose is the first non-academic hospital in the Bay Area to use a new near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system available for the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

Han Lo, MD, performed the first surgery on July 20, 2012 at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Lo used the technology to successfully remove a cancerous tumor from a patient’s kidney, while preserving nearly three-fourths of the kidney.

"Florescence imaging enhances the surgeon’s vision and allow for more precision and control of the already minimally invasive da Vinci surgery," said Michael Johnson, CEO of Regional Hospital. "It permits the surgeon to perform complex surgeries in a more precise, sparing manner."

The fluorescence imaging technology offers the capability of providing real-time, image guided identification of key anatomical landmarks. The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a green colored dye called IndoCyanine Green (ICG) that is then activated by near-infrared light. The camera can then switch views between standard real time images and images illuminated by the dye.

The technology also allows surgeons to differentiate between malignant and normal tissue as the surgery is being performed because cancerous tissue stains less brightly than normal tissue.

"Regional Medical Center of San Jose continues to keep pace with the tremendous advances in surgical technology and innovation," said Johnson. "Acquiring these technological advances has allowed Regional to continue to provide quality patient care and to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction."

About Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center. The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and General Surgery, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children. Regional Medical Center of San Jose holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center and a Get with the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is a certified Chest Pain Center, and county-designated STEMI receiving center. For more information, visit: www.regionalmedicalsanjose.com