|Awarded On||December 05, 2012|
|Title||Image-Guided Ultrafast Laser Scalpel for Precise, Selective, and Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery|
|Award Mechanism||Individual Investigator|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Adela Ben-Yakar|
|Cancer Sites||Head and Neck, Larynx|
In the treatment of cancer, the fundamental surgical goal is to remove all local cancerous cells while preserving healthy tissue. Preserving healthy tissue is crucial for retaining as much of the healthy functionality as possible while speeding up the recovery. This issue becomes especially important when dealing with delicate tissue, such as vocal folds, prostate, female reproductive system, brain, spinal cord, etc. To reduce damage to the healthy tissue during surgery and thus preserve functionality, the surgeons are in constant search for new surgical techniques and technologies that can remove the cancerous tissue with very high precision. Through technical innovation, a new generatio...