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Fibre Illumination of the Common Bile Duct

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Working with light and optics is difficult, especially when you want to use them around patients. Journals are full of papers describing intricate techniques which have been shown to work in the lab, but which would be difficult to implement in real clinical practice. On the other hand, we occasionally see some techniques which appear simple and perhaps even obvious, but which have the potential for immediate and low-cost clinical translation. One candidate for this second category is the idea of using fibre optic illumination to aid identification of the common bile duct (CBD) during laparoscopic surgery.
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