University researchers invent glasses that identify and remove cancer cells

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A team led by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have developed high-tech glasses that help surgeons identify and remove cancerous cells from patients. Researchers said that when looking through the sunglasses, infected tissues glow blue.

The eyewear facilitates surgeons to differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells, ensuring no stray tumour cells are left behind during surgery. The researchers found that tumours as small as 1mm in diameter (the thickness of approximately 10 sheets of paper) could be exposed.

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