Smart Knife Helps Surgeons Cut Cancer
A new surgical knife, invented by Zoltán Takáts, uses Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) to allow for real-time detection of cancerous tissue during surgery. The technology couples this with an already present technology called Electrosurgery which vaporizes flesh to cauterize wounds. The smoke from the vaporization can be used to detect signatures like more phospholipids in the cells, which cancerous cells have in larger amounts because they are dividing more often. So far the iKnife has proven to be very successful in detecting cancerous tissues.