Proliferative Vascular Disease

VivoSight measures depth, diameter and density of vessels in vascular lesions

Kelly and Waibel et. al. [1] used VivoSight and showed that vascular lesions have a broad range of vessel diameters and depths.

Successful therapy is based on the principles of Selective Photothermolysis (Anderson and Parrish, Science 1983) which requires:

  • Wavelength that is preferentially absorbed by the desired target structure
  • Laser pulse width that is less than or equal to the thermal relaxation time of the vessel targeted as determined by Vessel Diameter
  • Sufficient radiant exposure, Fluence, to reach a damaging temperature in the target. Vessel Depth can impact fluence requirements.
The wide variety of challenging vascular lesions requires better data on the underlying vascular pathology for better treatment

VivoSight vascular measurements inform treatment parameters for therapy that is targeted to lesion characteristics.

Vascular measurements are extracted from OCT image data processing

Clinical Application Areas:

Port Wine Stains, Hemangiomas and Rosacea show a wide variety of vascular metrics, requiring a more individual treatment approach:

Rosacea: • Plexus depth: 265 μm • Vessel diameter: 119 μm • Vessel density: 34 %
Port Wine Stain: • Plexus depth: 168 μm • Vessel diameter: 234 μm • Vessel density: 46 %


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