New Knife May Detect Cancer Cells During Surgery

Researchers may have discovered a new tool to help surgeons remove all cancer cells during surgery. According to a new report, a surgical knife that heats the body’s tissue while cutting can detect cancer in the smoke that is produced from the heated tissue. The smoke lets the surgeon know whether the tissue is cancerous or not by producing colored signals, green being health, red being cancerous, and yellow being undefined. The doctor can then send the tissue off to lab testing and get results within 30 minutes. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, “this is a fascinating science and we need to adopt any technology that works to save patients, but first we have to be sure that it works.” More here

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