- Conference date: 6–7 November 2009
- Location: Firenze (Italy)
A new type of the surgical instruments is being developed—sapphire scalpels with a possibility of the fluorescent diagnostics of the state of incised tissue near the cutting edge directly in the process of the surgical operation. The principle of the new system is based on the use of two isolated capillary channels in the volume of the sapphire scalpel for introducing of quartz waveguides. One of the waveguides is used for delivering the laser radiation directly to the blade and excitation of photoluminescence near the cutting edge. The second one is used for catching and transfer of photoluminescence to spectrometer. The scalpel employs rapid real‐time feedback analysis for on‐line diagnostics of tissues during surgery to remove a tumor.
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