Hybrid operating room: the leading edge of thoracic surgery

Hideki Ujiie, Alexander Gregor, Kazuhiro Yasufuku


Chen et al. report a retrospective comparison of preoperative localization outcomes in the hybrid OR vs. CT room for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) surgery (1). The authors employed a CT-guided patent blue vital (PBV) dye localization strategy in this study, supported by previous work demonstrating safety and high efficacy (2,3). However, this previous work employed a ‘traditional’ approach of using an interventional CT room.