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Harold Barry Dellinger, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
"Cutting by color": New imaging technique for more precise cancer surgery
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Cancer surgeons today operate "blind" with no clear way of determining in real-time whether they have removed all of the diseased tissue, which is the key to successful surgery. Researchers in Massachusetts now report development and early clinical trials of a new imaging system that highlights cancerous tissue in the body so that surgeons can more easily see and remove diseased tissue with less damage to normal tissue near the tumor.
The technique shows particular promise for improving surgery for breast, prostate, and lung cancer, whose tumor boundaries can be difficult to track at advanced stages, they say. The technique can also help cancer surgeons avoid cutting critical structures such as blood vessels and nerves, the scientists add.
"This technique is really the first time that cancer surgeons can see structures that are
otherwise invisible, providing true image-guided surgery," says project direct
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