Canadian Scientists Develop Imaging-Guided Surgical "Lightsaber"

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that Queen's University researchers have developed a highly accurate, imaging-based laser surgery technique that will allow surgeons to "see below the surface" of an incision.

Scientists have dubbed their innovation "inline coherent imaging," based on its derivation from optical coherence tomography. In short, the technique helps to limit the depth, density, and power of a cut by providing imaging guidance.

Researchers believe their discovery has applications for neurosurgery and robotic-guided operations, "and will hopefully allow a number of advances, including: helping surgeons plan procedures ahead of time; completing procedures faster; reducing surgical complications; and improvements to post-operative implications."