An innovative laser microscope able to perform surgery without cutting could offer a revolutionary treatment for diseases like skin cancer.
Developed by a team from the University of British Columbia, the specialized multiphoton excitation microscope is able to both scan living tissue and treat the tissue through heat. This dual ability allows surgeons to determine the exact location of the anomaly and perform precise surgery and treatment—all without cutting the skin.
According to study co-author Harvey Lui, "We can alter the pathway of blood vessels without impacting any of the surrounding vessels or tissues. For diagnosing and scanning diseases like skin cancer, this could be revolutionary."