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FLIM Delineates Tumor Margins in Real Time

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LAURA MARCU, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

During surgical procedures, it is imperative to rapidly distinguish between cancer and surrounding healthy tissue and to determine where and how much tissue to cut. To improve a patient’s survival rate and quality of life, surgeons must strike a balance between minimizing the possibility of the tumor recurring by removing all cancerous tissue and maximizing organ preservation and function by avoiding unnecessary removal of normal tissues. Current methods used to ensure surgical margins and adequate tumor removal are limited. Typically, they are based on a surgeon’s visual...Read full article

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