High-tech goggles developed to detect cancer

New technology developed at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, in the US is being used to see microscopic cancer cells during surgery to enable a more accurate removal of tumors.

Samuel Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, who leads the team, remembered the night vision goggles used in the Persian Gulf War and thought maybe a similar technology could be used in the operating room.

According to Dr. Achilefu,

“The whole idea is to simplify the way we image patients and the way we guide surgery....Once you put on these goggles, you can detect tissues with high sensitivity. It gives the information processed in real time about the tumor’s location, shape and about the tissue surrounding it so that you can make immediate medical decisions.”

The technology has great potential for telemedicine. A surgeon using the goggles anywhere in the world, even in a rural area, could send the images to St. Louis doctors via the internet to help guide the operation.

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