For the transplantation of organs, cold storage donor organs are transplanted into the recipient’s bodies. Special consideration must be given to these issues:

  • Determining the viability of the organs directly before surgeries
  • Determining the short term success of transplantations at the end of surgeries (checking tissue perfusion and blood supply)

Using the TI-CAM, these uncertainties can be eradicated efficiently, with little time requirements and non-invasively.

A hyperspectral image of the TIVITA™ Tissue acquires parameters such as tissue oxygenation, tissue hemoglobin index or the general perfusion status of the organ tissue. Thus, the strategy of the surgery can be adjusted according to the individual situation in a timely and optimal manner.
This means, that the surgeon on the one hand can objectively (via actual numbers provided by the TIVITA™ Tissue) determine whether the organ is viable for an implantation. On the other hand, he can check whether the blood vessels are attached properly to the organ and perfusion is at an optimum before closing up the operation area.

A further application area in organ transplantations is the monitoring of organs, which have been kept viable through normothermic machine perfusion (attaching organs to artificial perfusion machines at normal body temperature). This innovative method is still in research – for example at the TU Dresden, where the TI-CAM serves as a reliable monitoring device.

Regarding this topic, an article was published in the Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems: Publications