Multispectral imaging of organ viability during uterine transplantation surgery in rabbits and sheep

J Biomed Opt. 2016 Oct 1;21(10):106006. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.10.106006.


Uterine transplantation surgery (UTx) has been proposed as a treatment for permanent absolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI) in the case of the congenital absence or surgical removal of the uterus. Successful surgical attachment of the organ and its associated vasculature is essential for the organ’s reperfusion and long-term viability. Spectral imaging techniques have demonstrated the potential for the measurement of hemodynamics in medical applications. These involve the measurement of reflectance spectra by acquiring images of the tissue in different wavebands. Measures of tissue constituents at each pixel can then be extracted from these spectra through modeling of the light–tissue interaction. A multispectral imaging (MSI) laparoscope was used in sheep and rabbit UTx models to study short- and long-term changes in oxygen saturation following surgery. The whole organ was imaged in the donor and recipient animals in parallel with point measurements from a pulse oximeter. Imaging results confirmed the re-establishment of adequate perfusion in the transplanted organ after surgery. Cornual oxygenation trends measured with MSI are consistent with pulse oximeter readings, showing decreased StO2 immediately after anastomosis of the blood vessels. Long-term results show recovery of StO2 to preoperative levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Laparoscopy / instrumentation
  • Laparoscopy / methods
  • Optical Imaging / instrumentation
  • Optical Imaging / methods*
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Tissue Survival / physiology*
  • Uterus / blood supply
  • Uterus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Uterus / transplantation*


  • Oxygen