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Spectroscopy: New Uses in Surgical Suites, Laboratories

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Innovations could enable real-time tissue analysis during prostate surgery, improved medication delivery for brain tumors and easy-to-administer tests for malaria.

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, [email protected]

Spectroscopy is no stranger to the life sciences. This noninvasive technique has been employed in the sector for decades. But now, researchers worldwide are finding new applications in the surgical suite and laboratories, as well as in disease detection and diagnosis. This illustration shows how a surgical procedure will look using the wasp-inspired robotic needle. Courtesy of Imperial College London. Light-reflectance spectroscopy evaluates surgical margins Light-reflectance spectroscopy is emerging as a formidable tool in the life sciences, and now it could enable real-time...Read full article

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