The Stanford university together witch several other research institutes, has invented a new microscope, which helps surgeons to identify cancer cells during an operation.
The new microscope´s functioning is based on confocal microscopy technology. It can generate pictures on a cellular level and thereby help to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells. This is important for surgeons, as they try to remove only as much tissue as necessary. Otherwise, they have to remove all the cancer cells to stop the disease. This new gadget will be helpful to ensure a complete but also a safer removal of a tumor.