"Intelligent" Knife Can Instantly Identity Cancer

By: CBS
By: CBS
Scientists have developed what they call an "intelligent knife,” a surgical instrument that tells doctors immediately if the tissue they are cutting is cancerous.

A member of 'intelligent knife' development team uses the knife on a piece of animal muscle during a demonstration at St Mary's Hospital in London, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The so-called iKnife can test smoke given off when a tumor is cut to see if the tissue is healthy or cancerous. / AP

Scientists have developed what they call an "intelligent knife,” a surgical instrument that tells doctors immediately if the tissue they are cutting is cancerous.

Researchers in London tested the iKnife...and found it to be 100-percent accurate.

It works by analyzing the smoke from vaporized tissue so the surgeons know instantly if it is healthy or cancerous.


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