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Scientists at the University of Tennessee announced last week that advancements have been made in the field of cancer fighting laser technology. A team of biomedical engineers and physicists collaborated to create a laser that sends out ultra short pulses of light to specifically target a small region of cells. The pulses, sent at approximately every quadrillionth of a second, are precise enough to destroy small tumor tissues.

Previous treatments have been limited since laser radiation typically covers a large range and also causes damage in healthy tissue surrounding the cancer. The use of short-range laser technology also expands the treatment available for cancers that cannot be removed surgically, such as certain brain tumors. Called the “femto-second laser” by its creators, the University of Tennessee and supporting institutions are seeking to immediately commercialize the use of this technology for clinical use.

Read the full Article at Medical News Today