Laser Tech Fights Cancer
Researchers at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed a technology that goes on a 'seek and destroy' mission for cancerous tumors. They have harnessed the power of lasers to find, map, and non-invasively destruct cancerous tumors. Christian Parigger, associate professor of physics, and Jacqueline Johnson, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering, along with Robert Splinter of Splinter Consultants, have developed the invention. The technology uses a femtosecond laser, which means it pulses at speeds of one-quadrillionth of a second. The high speed enables the laser to focus in on a specific region to find and acutely map a tumor.