Cancer Glasses

Blue Morpho Butterfly; Bernard Spragg, Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Design Based on Butterfly Eyes

on January 1, 2019

Glasses that imitate insects’ vision promise to help surgeons detect cancer cells. The glasses incorporate a camera inspired by morpho butterflies’ eyes. These special goggles enable the surgeons to spot dyed cancer cells below the surface because the butterfly-inspired camera in the goggles can detect the dye’s infrared fluorescence through the overlying skin. Wearing these glasses, surgeons can minimize their incisions before surgery and be sure they don’t leave cancer cells behind in the body after surgery.

The developers of the glasses expect them to cost about $200. That compares with $20,000 for the least expensive instrument currently available for detecting cancer cells.

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Cancer Glasses

Photo by Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Polaris July–August

A Washington University surgeon performs a cancer operation using a type of visual device that imitates butterfly eyes to give a better view of tumors.

This article was taken from Answers magazine, July–September, 2018, 33.