Grant ID RP190588
Awarded On August 21, 2019
Title Smart Surgical Microscope Powered by AI Technology and Hyperspectral Imaging
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Dallas
Principal Investigator/Program Director Baowei Fei
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $1,592,405*

*Pending contract negotiation

Lay Summary

Surgery is essential for the treatment of head and neck (H&N) cancer. However, the resection of vital organs, such as tongue or larynx, can result in tremendous difficulty in speaking, eating, drink, and social activities, thus affects daily quality of life. Therefore, it is critical to remove all cancer cells in order to avoid recurrence but at the same time to spare normal tissue in order to preserve functions during H&N surgery. Currently, intraoperative frozen-section analysis (IFSA) is a standard clinical diagnosis during cancer surgery. However, each IFSA consultation takes time, e.g., 30-45 min while the patient is under anesthesia on the operating table. Multiple IFSA may be required...

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