A device being developed by Zoltan Takats et al, Imperial College London, which may improve cancer outcomes by reducing the volume of normal (non-cancerous) tissue removed during surgical oncology procedures.
The device is connected to a mass spectrophotometer, which analyses smoke produced during cauterisation. Because cancer and normal tissues have different lipid profiles, the surgeon can differentiate in nearly real time between benign or malignant tissue and excise the cancer. The current method for differentiating between benign and malignant tissue is frozen section analysis by a histopathologist, which takes no less than 15 minutes.
Synonym Intelligent knife