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Will a 'Smart Scalpel' Change Cancer Surgery?

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  • Scientists have developed a 'smart scalpel' that can differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells during surgery.
  • A laser device can distinguish malignant cells, because they are more dense, from healthy cells, and this information is transmitted to a computer that alerts the surgeon when normal tissue is detected.
  • This device would be especially important during brain surgery, when physicians are trying to completely remove tumors without taking out healthy tissue unnecessarily.

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