Neurosurgical Review

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 77–85 | Cite as

Endoscope-integrated ICG technology: first application during intracranial aneurysm surgery

  • Michaël BruneauEmail author
  • Geoffrey Appelboom
  • Michal Rynkowski
  • Nathalie Van Cutsem
  • Benjamin Mine
  • Olivier De Witte
Original Article


Microscopic indocyanine green videoangiography (mICG-VA) has gained wide acceptance during intracranial aneurysm surgery by lowering rates of incomplete clipping and occlusion of surrounding vessels. However, mICG-VA images are limited to the microscopic view and some deeper areas, including the aneurysm sac/neck posterior side, cannot be efficiently assessed as they are hidden by the aneurysm, clips, or surrounding structures. Contrarily, endoscopes allow a wider area of visualization, but neurosurgical endoscopes to date only provided visual data. We describe the first application of endoscope ICG-integrated technology (eICG) applied in an initial case of anterior communicating artery aneurysm clipping. This new technique provided also relevant information regarding aneurysm occlusion and patency of parent and branching vessels and small perforating arteries. eICG-VA provided additional information compared to mICG-VA by magnifying areas of interest and improving the ability to view less accessible regions, especially posterior to the aneurysm clip. Obtaining eICG sequences required currently the microscope to be moved away from the operating field. eICG-VA was only recorded under infrared illumination which prevented tissue handling, but white-infrared light views could be interchanged instantaneously. Further development of angled endoscopes integrating the ICG technology and dedicated filters blocking the microscopic light could improve visualization capacities even further. In conclusion, as a result of its ability to reveal structures around corners, the eICG-VA technology could be beneficial when used in combination with mICG-VA to visualize and confirm vessel patency in areas that were previously hidden from the microscope.


Indocyanine green Intracranial aneurysm Intraoperative angiography Neuroendoscopy Surgical microscope 



We thank Jeroen Coppens, MD, for his help and Justin Neira for his video narration.


Since the submission of the manuscript on Feb 25th 2012 another article on the same subject has been published: Endoscopic indocyanine green video angiography in aneurysm surgery: an innovative method for intraoperative assessment of blood flow in vasculature hidden from microscopic view. Nishiyama Y, Kinouchi H, Senbokuya N, Kato T, Kanemaru K, Yoshioka H, Horikoshi T. J Neurosurg. 2012 Aug;117(2):302-8. Epub 2012 Jun 8.


Michaël Bruneau, MD, PhD, received a grant from the Fond National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium) for supporting the microscopic infrared module installation.

Supplementary material


This video shows the images from the microscopic and endoscopic indocyanine green videoangiographies performed during the surgical clipping of an unruptured anterior communicating artery aneurysm (M4V 24793 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaël Bruneau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Geoffrey Appelboom
    • 1
  • Michal Rynkowski
    • 1
  • Nathalie Van Cutsem
    • 2
  • Benjamin Mine
    • 3
  • Olivier De Witte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Erasme HospitalUniversité Libre de Bruxelles–ULBBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology, Erasme HospitalUniversité Libre de Bruxelles–ULBBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Interventional Neuroradiology, Erasme HospitalUniversité Libre de Bruxelles–ULBBrusselsBelgium

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