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FDA expands clearance for Intuitive Surgical's FireFly imaging system

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 2:27pm
Mass Device

The FDA expands the 510(k) clearance for Intuitive Surgical's FireFly imaging system to use during gallbladder procedures.

FDA clears Intuitive Surgical's FireFly imaging system

Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) said the FDA expanded the 510(k) clearance for its FireFly fluorescence imaging system to use during gallbladder surgery using its da Vinci robotic surgery device.

The device uses a video camera and fluorescent dye to show blood flow in vessels and tissue, by causing blood to appear green and bloodless tissue as gray, according to a press release.

The expanded clearance adds real-time imaging of the cystic, common bile and common ducts, according to the release. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive said the device is designed to help surgeons distinguish between the common bile duct and the cystic duct.

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