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article imageSuper glasses let surgeons see cancer

By Tim Sandle     Feb 14, 2014 in Science
New high-tech glasses have been developed, to be worn by surgeons, to allow them to see cancer cells. The glasses were tried out for the first time by a surgeon this week.
The specially developed glasses, a sort of medical variant on Google glass, allow surgeons to detect cancer cells as they glow blue when viewed through the high-tech eye wear. The glasses, The Daily Mail reports, were developed because of the difficulty surgeons face in spotting cancer cells, even when high-powered magnification is used. This means that mistakes can sometimes happen. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of the glasses will reduce the need for additional surgical procedures.
The power of the glasses is shown in the video below:
The glasses were used for the first time this month for a real procedure. This took place at Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Tech Times notes that the technology does not have a name yet.
The glasses were developed by a team led by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University. The glasses work in combination with a targeted molecular agent that attaches to cancer cells, making them glow when used with the glasses. Theoretically the glasses will allow surgeons to visualize any type of cancer.
Speaking with Science Daily, Dr. Achilefu said: "This technology has great potential for patients and health-care professionals."
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