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tumor detection camera

A surgical camera that makes cancer cells glow in bright colors to help surgeons distinguish between cancer and healthy tissues during an operation. The technology makes it easier for surgeons to remove a tumor entirely - rather than leaving tiny, hard-to-see cells in the body. Before an operation, the doctor injects luminous dyes into a patient's blood. The dyes are fluorescent molecules that carry antibodies designed to stick to tumor cells. The molecules glow blue, green, red or another color - depending on the dye. To see the colors, and whether they have attached to tumor cells, the surgeon illuminates the tissue with light set at a specific wavelength. The camera then detects the colors up to four dyes at a time.

Developed by German researchers, the camera is presented as a prototype at the Medica Trade Fair in Düsseldorf from November 20-23, 2013. The camera can be integrated into surgical microscopes or endoscopes.

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I was wondering if they are able to color the cancer cells, why can't they just kill them. This will eliminate the need for a surgery.

14:26, 11 November 2013

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