LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- IU Health Arnett patients are benefiting from the hospital's newest technology. The device is called SPY, and it works just like its name.
The device helps surgeons detect key information they otherwise wouldn't be able to get. It uses a green dye and a specialized camera. During surgery, the dye is injected into the patient's bloodstream and into the tissue and then doctors will use the camera and a monitor to see inside.
The dye will immediately appear as a bright florescent green color on healthy tissue but a grey or a dull color on unhealthy tissue. And this helps doctors make more accurate decisions when it comes to removing or attaching certain tissues when operating on patients.
"You have to make a decision during the surgical procedure as to do you think this tissue is healthy or is it not healthy when we make these connections, is this connection going to survive," said IU Health General Surgeon Dr. Sidney Bruce. "With this technology, we can access the blood flow real-time and make those decisions and feel more confident about our outcomes"
She said at first the hospital used this SPY technology for gallbladder, colon, and weight loss surgery. But now they've expanded its use for prostate and breast cancer surgeries as well. Before the SPY technology, the hospital used another dye process that had the potential of causing skin discoloration and skin death.
This new dye is non-toxic and dissolves from the body after a few minutes of use.
"As providers, we have the best patients in the world and our goal is to deliver the best care possible using whatever technology that is," said Bruce.
Franciscan Health is also using the technology for their patients as well.