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Can a robotic device determine whether it is touching a tumor or normal tissue?

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newkirk7 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM via web

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Can a robotic device determine whether it is touching a tumor or normal tissue?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM (Answer #1)

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According to Professor Simaan of Vanderbilt University, yes, robotics devices can "feel" the difference between tumor cancerous tissue and healthy tissue. Part of the reason for this is that tumorous tissue extends beyond the surface level of healthy tissue; it protrudes at least somewhat.

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