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“iKnife” Improves Cancer Tumor Removal

Bloomberg News reports that a new study in Science Translational Magazine has developed and tested an “intelligent knife”, or “iKnife”, that may improve cancer tumor removal by differentiating between normal and cancerous tissue. The iKnife uses an electrical current to cut through tissue which creates smoke. The smoke is then moved through a mass spectrometer that, “analyzes its molecular composition and software matches it to a known tissue type, telling a surgeon in two or three seconds what the knife is cutting.” The iKnife was 100% accurate in tissue diagnosis as compared to post-operative histology examination. It is still in the experimental phase and will be tested on patients with lung, brain, and colorectal cancer.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in Science and Translational Medicine.