Well, not exactly. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Maxine Dunitz Neurological Institute are adapting an old NASA camera that captures ultraviolet light to detect gliomas (deadly brain tumors). The tumor actually emits an ultraviolet light which can’t be seen by the naked eye and Neurosurgeons are having a hard time finding the far reaching tentacles of the tumor deeper within the brain. With the use of NASA’s camera, which is on loan for the study, medical experts may be able to get an accurate map of the tumors.
This clinical trial provides the surgeons real time images of the tumor that cannot be detected by the naked eye or even current medical imaging technology. During the trail, images will not be used for decision-making, but will be compared later with the tumor appearance, MRIs, CT Scans, and other laboratory findings to see whether the ultraviolet technology can be valuable in the operating room.
So technology that was once used to locate far galaxies and black holes in deep space could be the next big breakthrough in the medical industry.
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