iKnife Improves Removal of Cancerous Tissue

An experimental surgical scalpel is helping surgeons target only cancerous tissue when they remove a tumor. The iKnife — or “intelligent knife” — “sniffs” the smoke produced as it cauterizes the tissue, distinguishing malignant cells from surrounding healthy tissue.  From the moment patients wake up after an operation to remove a cancerous tumor, the first question most ask their surgeons is, “Did you get it all?”  Jeremy Nicholson, head of the Department of …

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