Volume 95 Issue 36 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 11, 2017

Nondestructive surgical mass spec

Water droplets extract compounds that can distinguish between normal tissue and cancer tissue
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: Mass spectrometry, pathology, surgery, cancer, diagnosis

During cancer surgery, surgeons often must wait for pathologists to analyze a removed tissue sample to confirm they’ve gotten all the cancer. Researchers have previously shown that analyzing tissue with mass spectrometry during surgery can help speed this process. But those surgical mass spec approaches rely on methods that often damage the tissue or are suitable only for analyzing removed samples. Livia . . .

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