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Important step with the new technique that may occur

Dec 27th 2013 at 9:35 PM

Important step with the new technique that may occur

The surgeon makes the lymph nodes and tumors were visible with a fluorescent dye and a light-sensitive camera.

The light emitted by the fluorescent substance in the tissue cannot be seen. With the naked eye the light has a certain wavelength only with a special light-sensitive camera, can be observed. This camera is connected to a monitor, on which the surgeon can see precisely which tissue has been affected. In the first patients undergoing surgery with this technique, are not yet the tumors, but the lymph glands made ​​luminous. for more information about health

During these first operations is examined whether the camera luminous substance in the patient can make. Indeed visible if that is so, it may be initiated soon to also make tumors. Luminous during operations The UMCG starts first in the Netherlands with the application of this new technique in patients with breast cancer.

Photosensitive Camera Since 2004, researchers at the UMCG, led by surgeon Dr. GM van Dam, in close collaboration with Harvard Medical School and the Technical University Munich, worked on the development of the 'near-infrared' light-sensitive camera that can detect luminous lymph nodes and tumors. for more details go to the link

A multidisciplinary team of physicians, physicists, chemists and tumor immunologists have made ​​it possible that this technique may be now. Applied from the laboratory to the human form, the new operation is an important step in the surgical oncology.

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