Optical imaging technology may help surgeons better treat cancer, brain diseases

4/09/2020 |

A new tool for medical professionals may help shed more light on tumors in the body and how the brain operates.

Purdue University researchers created technology that uses optical imaging to better help surgeons map out tumors in the body and help them understand how certain diseases affect activity in the brain. The work is published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.

Bentz said the Purdue technology overcomes one of the major challenges with fluorescence imaging – the light becomes highly scattered and that limits the information that a surgeon receives.

“Our technology aims to provide more detailed information about tumors for surgeons and neuron activity in the brain, both of which can improve outcomes for patients,” Bentz said.

Writer: Chris Adam,  cladam@prf.org