Tuesday January 26, 2016

A Pen-Sized Microscope Could ID Cancer In Your Doctor's Office

Researchers have developed a cancer-screening handheld microscope the size of a large pen. The device enables doctors to distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells without ever having to leave the operating room or office.

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Once they open up a patient's skull, there's no time to send tissue samples to a pathology labآ—where they are typically frozen, sliced, stained, mounted on slides and investigated under a bulky microscopeآ—to definitively distinguish between cancerous and normal brain cells. But a handheld, miniature microscope being developed by University of Washington mechanical engineers could allow surgeons to "see" at a cellular level in the operating room and determine where to stop cutting.

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