Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine developed eyewear that helps doctors differentiate cancerous from healthy cells.

High-tech eyewear developed at the Washington University School of Medicine helps surgeons detect cancers cells, which glow blue when viewed using the special glasses.

Cancer cells are quite difficult to see even through high-powered magnification. The special glasses are designed to make it easy for surgeons to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells — allowing surgeons to make sure no cancer cells are left during surgery.

The glasses were developed by a team led by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at the university. The technology involve a head-mounted display, custom video technology, and a targeted molecular agent that makes cancer cells glow when viewed through the glasses.

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