Camera Enables Surgeons to More Easily Identify Cancerous Tissue
- Magazine Article
Many surgeons rely on sight and touch to find cancerous tissue during surgery. Large hospitals or cancer treatment centers may also use experimental near-infrared fluorescent agents that bind to tumors so surgeons can see them on specialized displays. These machines are costly, making them difficult for smaller hospitals to procure. They also are very large, making them difficult to fit into an operating suite and integrate smoothly into surgery, and they require the lights to be dimmed so the instruments can pick up the weak fluorescent signal, making it difficult for the surgeons to see.