Special glasses help surgeons "see" cancer
New types of glasses have been created to help surgeons actually "see" cancerous cells. This groundbreaking form of surgical technology was developed and used recently by surgeons from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
In the Journal of Biomedical Optics, the researchers explained that the glasses use custom video technology, head-mounted display, and a targeted molecular agent that fastens to cancer cells. That agent causes the cancer cells to glow blue. The advanced technology can even detect tumors as small as 1 mm in diameter.
When viewed through the glasses, cancer cells glow blue—making them much easier to spot. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to locate, even through high-magnifying lenses. This often means multiple surgeries to fully remove any cancerous growths because surgeons have to go back in. This technology could eliminate the need for multiple rounds of follow up surgeries.