FOR KIDS: Sniffing for cancer

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FOR KIDS: Sniffing for cancer

New surgical tool offers surgeons speedier diagnosis of tissues that are cancerous

New surgical tool offers surgeons speedier diagnosis of tissues that are cancerous

By Stephen Ornes

Web edition: August 2, 2013

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Surgeon’s helper

New iKnife takes just seconds to see if tissue is normal. Liver tissue at left (diagonal angle) has cancer; tissue at right is healthy.

Credit: Science Translational Medicine/AAAS

Meet the iKnife: It’s a new tool that may help surgeons shorten the operating time for cancer patients. Within three seconds, it can tell whether cut tissue is healthy or cancerous, a new study finds. The same identification takes up to 30 minutes when done by a person, as it is now.

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C. Gelling. “Surgical tool smokes out cancer in seconds.” Science News. July 18, 2013.

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