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May 18, 2019
7:31PM

Specialised microscope can diagnose skin cancer, perform surgeries: Study

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Scientists have developed a specialised microscope that has the potential to diagnose diseases like skin cancer as well as perform precise surgery without making any incisions in the skin.

According to the study published in the journal Science Advances, the microscope allows medical professionals to pinpoint the exact location of an abnormality, diagnose it and treat it instantly. 

A researcher, Yimei Huang from the University of British Columbia in Canada said, this technology will make possible to scan tissue quickly, and when they see a suspicious or abnormal cell structure, they can perform ultra-precise surgery and selectively treat the unwanted or diseased structure within the tissue. 

Researchers said, it could be used to treat any structure of the body that can be reached by light and requires extremely precise treatment, including nerves or blood vessels in the skin, eye, brain or other vital structures. 

Harvey Lui, professor at the University of British Columbia said that for diagnosing and scanning diseases like skin cancer, this could be revolutionary.
The study shows that the device allows imaging of living tissue up to about one millimetre in depth using an ultrafast infrared laser beam. 

The researchers said, developments of a miniature version of the telescope that could be used to perform microscopic examinations and treatment during endoscopy are also underway.

 

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