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Smart knife and what's smoking

I’ve mentioned before how putting just a little bit of “smarts” into everyday objects can have long term impact. Granted a scalpel is not a common tool to most of us, for surgeons it definitely is. This article Smart knife could revolutionize surgery states:

“The smell of burnt flesh rises in the operating theatre and the smoke from vaporized tissue is sucked away. But these fumes are not channeled out through the ventilation system. Instead, they are diverted into a machine that tells the surgeon exactly what is being cut into, guiding the rest of the operation. This is "smart surgery", and it holds the potential to transform medicine.”

 

Although there are analysis delays in the process currently the team working on the project hope to get it down to a near instantaneous analysis. This would give the surgeon a warning rumble strip effect at the border between cancerous and healthy tissue -- providing information in a context that the surgeon can use without being distracted.

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