Study: Laser-guided technique can improve brain tumor removal

Laser-guided surgery could improve the odds of removing all of a brain tumor by highlighting its edges, a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine has found. As BBC News reported, removing a brain tumor is "a balancing act--take too little and the cancer could return, take too much and it seriously affects a patient's quality of life."

The researchers, from the University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard University, developed a new method for analyzing tissue--called SRS microscopy--while it is still in the brain, according to the BBC article. A laser is fired at the tissue, and the properties of the beam of light change depending on what it hits. Article

Suggested Articles

Centene Corporation, Walgreens and RxAdvance announced this week that they’re joining forces to grow the use of a cloud-based PBM platform. 

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry.

Microsoft is teaming up with Nuance Communications to use technology to solve a big pain point for doctors—too much time spent on documentation.