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New technology in cancer research for our pets

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We're learning about a new piece of technology to aid in cancer removal. Video: New technology in cancer research for our pets
We're learning about a new piece of technology to aid in cancer removal. Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:01:24 +0000 New technology in cancer research for our pets We're learning about a new piece of technology to aid in cancer removal. WCIA living at home in your community. >>> if your forever friend has recently been given a cancer diagnosis, there may be hope. we have several doctors with us for details. we are so glad to have you here. i'm so excited to have you with us today because there is new advances the to help aid in cancer research with our dogs. you want to talk to us about it? >> sure. my labs have been developing various type of imaging sensors that can help in detecting cancer cells or other cells that are of importance during the surgery. during surgery we want to make sure all the cancerous cells are removed from the patients and look at other organs that are crucial for cancer management. >> we are looking at surgeons right now. >> that is a critical study we did the first generation of this technology was used in patients with breast cancer to make sure we could identify the lymph nodes. now we are here at the university of illinois to advance the technology in the veterinarian school. >> so we started on humans, are transitioning to animals. it is all coming full circle here. how does it work? >> the imaging technology mimics the butterfly eyes to the structure you have in the butterfly eyes are allowing us to -- highlights the lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. >> is that you looking through the goggles that makes it turn fluorescent blue like that? >> that is right. we highlight tissue that is of importance to alert the physician. >> so you know to remove all of the blue parts. >> right. >> so that you catch it all. that is so cool. we have george here. tell me about george. >> george is a 5-year-old yorkie. he is a dog that is helping today to show people what the technology can do. >> are we boring you with that big yawn there? george is healthy. but if your pet is experiencing some kind of cancer symptoms, what do we need to look for? >> this study we are focusing on helping dogs with head on neck cancer which could be growths in their mouths or around their head or neck that we can test and then we can use this technology to test their lymph nodes as well in surgery. >> so we are focusing mainly on lymph node cancer, correct? >> we are focusing on cancers that could spread to lymph nodes. >> so we are kind of putting the call out because we want to test out these cool goggles on our animal friends. >> yeah, because it might be more helpful for us to be able to test the lymph nodes more thoroughly with this technology. this could help us also identify all of the tissues that are affected or all of the lymph nodes that could be affected. it could really help out the dog in this study. >> so if someone out there has just received word that their pet having these issues, they can contact you and get in on this clinical trial? >> yeah, that is right. they can contact myself at the veterinary school, or one of our technicians. >> we have the information there on your screen. doctor, how long have you been working on this? >> it's been probably more than three years we have been working on the imaging technology, as well as the display technology. >> i wish we could hold these up better so they can see. you want to put them on so you can see how cool you look? >> i think laura should put them on. >> they look like you are, like, sci fi. >> they aren't quite sci fi. there are a lot of different cameras that work together with this hollow lens from microsoft so we'll be able to see through it and super impose virtual reality. >> look at trevor right there. that is so cool. that is amazing the advancements in technology that we can make to help our pets. well, good job to you. hopefully we can help save the lives of some of our furry friends. we appreciate you coming in and your time.

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