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Subchondral Perfusion Mapping Using Indocyanin Green Laser (ICG)

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Verified September 2016 by Loma Linda University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lee Zuckerman, MD, Loma Linda University Identifier:
First received: September 27, 2016
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2016
History: No changes posted

Laser Angiography using indocyanin green (ICG) is a relatively new technique and has been utilized to assess the viability of soft tissue, most prominently in the general surgery and plastic surgery literature. This technique has been used for prediction of soft tissue viability by assessing the perfusion status. There is currently no Orthopaedic literature regarding the use of this device for assessment of subchondral perfusion of articular surfaces such as the distal femur or other chondral surfaces.

In this pilot study, we are using ICG to detect the perfusion status of a distal femur and proximal tibia during a surgical approach to the knee and correlating this to visible signs of arthritis. For example, due to the difference visible with ICG angiography correlate to gross changes in the cartilage health visible to the naked eye with radiographic imaging.

Condition Intervention Phase
Distal Femoral
Proximal Tibial
Knee Surgery
Procedure: Indocyanin Green Dye
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Differential Subchondral Perfusion Mapping Using Indocyanin Green Laser Angiography

Further study details as provided by Loma Linda University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Differential Subchondral Perfusion Mapping using Indocyanin Green Laser Angiography [ Time Frame: 15 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    • Visible grade of ch• Visible grade of chondromalacia from the 6 points mentioned above.
    • Video will be acquired using the Spy Elite or Pinpoint system of the distal femur or proximal tibial surface. Currently, the software with the SPY elite is able to quantify the degree of dye uptake, and this dye uptake number from the 6 points will also be recorded.
    • Video data will be given a key that corresponds to the subject, thus no videos will be labelled with patient data or information chondromalacia ondromalacia from the 6 points mentioned above.
    • Video will be acquired using the Spy Elite or Pinpoint system of the distal femur or proximal tibial surface. Currently, the software with the SPY elite is able to quantify the degree of dye uptake, and this dye uptake number from the 6 points will also be recorded.
    • Video data will be given a key that corresponds to the subject, thus no videos will be labelled with patient data or information

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: June 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Indocyanin Green Dye (ICG)
Once the patient is in the operating room, the operative intervention will take proceed as current standard protocol dictates for the described procedure. No changes in operative technique will be undertaken apart from injection of the dye and visualization with the camera. After the articular surface of the distal femur or proximal tibia has been exposed, 2.5 mg of indocyanin green will be injected intravenously by anesthetist through a pre-existing IV line outside the sterile field. The operating surgeon will grade 6 locations on a standard scale of chondromalacia or cartilage damage.
Procedure: Indocyanin Green Dye
assessing tissue and bone abnormalities. Injection of indocyanin dye intravenously with use of near infrared imaging to visualize perfusion of an articular surface.

Detailed Description:

ICG has been FDA registered since 1959 and is a negatively charged, water-soluble, tricarbocyanine. It binds readily to plasma proteins after injection with almost exclusive bile excretion, and possesses an extremely low toxicity profile. In plasma, ICG has an absorption peak around 807 nm and an emission peak around 822 nm, both within the infrared range. ICG has a short half-life of 150-180 seconds, making multiple administrations possible intra-operatively. It is given intravenously during administration1-4. After it is given through an IV, it is rapidly distributed throughout the circulatory system. When a light of a specific wavelength interacts with the dye, the dye fluoresces in the near-infrared range, which can be acquired by a special camera.

In daily practice, both visualization and palpation are used to provide information about the health of articular cartilage, be it through arthroscopy or open treatment. However, real time assessment of cartilage viability and subchondral perfusion has not been available. Determination of the perfusion status of cartilage surfaces via intra-operative modalities may provide valuable information diagnostically, as well as guide therapeutic intervention. Some possible uses for this technology may be diagnosing and treating osteochondral defects, predicting future osteoarthritis, delineating or predicting areas of avascular necrosis, or use in oncologic surgery. It is currently thought that because this dye currently works extremely well in the soft tissue literature, this will directly translate to being able to accurately assess subchondral bone perfusion.

The incidence of symptomatic knee arthritis in the United States approaches 50% of the population by the time the patient turns 85 and has been shown to significantly impact a patient's quality of life. In 2003, the United States spent $128 billion on arthritis expenditures. Arthritis can be described as the degeneration, or absence of, healthy cartilage. The current way to intra-operatively assess cartilage viability is through inspection and palpation, although this is obviously not always indicative of the overall health of the cartilage. Although an MRI may be obtained pre-operatively showing similar information, this is costly and does not provide the same information that can be assessed intra-operatively. Furthermore, an MRI does not provide information on the perfusion status of the cartilage.

It is our belief that this imaging modality will provide valuable information diagnostically and be able to guide surgical decision making regarding treatments for patients. For example, prior to undergoing a unicompartmental knee replacement, if a patient is found to have degenerative changes of the other compartments, the surgeon may convert to a total knee arthroplasty. If a patient has an osteochondral defect, knowing the perfusion status may provide information on whether to reconstruct the defect with an allograft or drill the defect. A patient undergoing a cruciate retaining total knee arthroplasty may benefit from knowing if the posterior cruciate ligament is pathologic, leading to a posterior stabilized knee replacement. For a patient with avascular necrosis, valuable prognostic information on the viability of their cartilage may help determine if joint preserving surgery is possible. The use of intra-operative ICG may have an impact on intra-operative decision making as the perfusion observed may predict the overall health of structures we currently have no way of assessing in real-time.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 89 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients of the investigators undergoing elective orthopedic intervention in which the distal femoral or proximal tibial articular surface is visualized through arthroscopic or open technique
  • Patients not meeting exclusion criteria

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Iodine allergy
  • Intolerance to indocyanine green dye
  • Active infection at surgical site
  • Known pregnancy
  • Inability to comprehend consent process
  • Age <18 or > 89
  • Significant blood loss risk without tourniquet inflation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02918383

Contact: Lee Zuckerman, M.D. 909-558-5592 ext 55592

United States, California
Loma Linda University Healthcare Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Recruiting
Loma Linda, California, United States, 92354
Contact: Elisabeth Clarke, CR    909-558-5592 ext 55592   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Loma Linda University
Study Chair: Travis Losey, M.D. Loma Linda University Faculty
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lee Zuckerman, MD, Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University Identifier: NCT02918383     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5160045 
Study First Received: September 27, 2016
Last Updated: September 27, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board processed this record on September 28, 2016