A ‘smart’ surgical knife to fight cancer
The DESI-JEDI IMAGING project created the 'iKnife' – a smart surgical knife that analyses the tissue it is cutting through. The knife can instantly feed back information about the tissue to surgeons - indicating, for example, whether the tissue is affected by disease or not and therefore helping to keep surgical intervention to the strict minimum.
The iKnife was developed for electro-surgery, as this is preferred by cancer specialists, but the technique is also applicable to hydro- and laser-surgery. New applications for the tool could also include analysis of mucous membranes and the respiratory, urino-genital or gastro-intestinal systems.