A team of scientists from Washington University School of Medicine and University of Arizona have created a pair of high-tech glasses that help surgeons visualize cancer cells during surgeries. The cancer cells glow blue when viewed through the glasses.
The technology incorporates custom video, a head-mounted display and a targeted molecular agent injected into a patient that attaches to cancer cells, making them glow.
The wearable technology was used during surgery for the first time on February 10, 2014.
Cancer cells are difficult to see, even under high-powered magnification. The high-tech glasses are designed to make it easier for surgeons to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells, helping to ensure no stray tumor cells are left behind during surgery and reduce the need for additional surgical procedures.