The iKnife is based on electrosurgery, a technology invented in the 1920s that is commonly used today.
Electrosurgical knives use an electrical current to rapidly heat tissue, cutting through it while minimising blood loss. In doing so, they vaporise the tissue, creating smoke that is normally sucked away by extraction systems.
But a clever scientist, Dr Zoltan Takats of Imperial College London UK, realised that this smoke would be a rich source of biological information.
He invented the iKnife, by connecting an electrosurgical knife to a mass spectrometer, an analytical instrument used to identify what chemicals are present in the smoke coming from the Electroknife
while the Doctor is operating.
Different types of cell produce thousands of metabolites in different concentrations, so the profile of chemicals in a biological sample can reveal information about the state of that tissue.
The iKnife can tell in seconds where a cancer or other disease ends or starts, during the actual surgery.....something that can take hours or days in a hospital laboratory
WOW...Now thats what I call GENIUS


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