Cancer detection is extremely important, but some types are not so easy to catch. Thankfully, there are medical developments that are combating this disease. Dr. Zoltan Takats of the Imperial College London invented an "intelligent knife" that challenges the spread of cancer.
The iKnife is a surgical tool connected to a computer that literally smells cancer. This device gives doctors even more precision and power in the operating room. The iKnife cuts through skin and produces smoke, which is read by a mass spectrometer to determine if the flesh is healthy or cancerous.
Takats notes that the iKnife "has the potential to reduce tumor recurrence rates and enable more patients to survive." This incredible technology has already been used in 81 surgeries and will hopefully continue to save lives.
Dr. Zoltan Takats' iKnife is a Cancer Detection Tool That Smells Cancer
Laura McQuarrie — July 18, 2013 — Tech
References: news.sciencemag.org & gizmodo