Sniffing for cancer
New surgical tool offers surgeons speedier diagnosis of tissues that are cancerous
By Stephen Ornes, 12:15 PM August 2, 2013
Meet the iKnife: It’s a new tool that may help surgeons shorten the operating time for cancer patients. Within three seconds, it can tell whether cut tissue is healthy or cancerous, a new study finds. The same identification takes up to 30 minutes when done by a person, as it is now.
Any diseased cells left behind during cancer surgery can cause a new tumor, allowing the disease to spread. So surgeons face a balancing act. They try to cut out every last bit of diseased tissue, but no more...
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