Gruev's technology helps VetMed surgeons "see" cancer more clearly

7/17/2017 Victoria Halewicz, ECE ILLINOIS

A new clinical trial will evaluate the use of fluorescent sentinel lymph node imaging in dogs.

Written by Victoria Halewicz, ECE ILLINOIS

ECE ILLINOIS Associate Professor Viktor Gruev has developed goggles and imaging technology that can help surgeons visualize cancer cells. His research caught the interest of local television news magazine because of a new clinical trial in collaboration with Assistant Professor Laura Selmic at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Gruev’s lab has been developing various types of imaging technologies to assist in cancer detection, particularly in real-time during surgery to help ensure that all the cancerous cells are removed. The goggles showcased on the television segment were inspired by Morpho butterfly eyes. Gruev is also an affiliate of the Beckman Institute.

Through interdisciplinary collaboration with VetMed, this cancer imaging technology can help improve surgical outcomes for dogs with cancer.

You can watch the full "Fur-ever Family" segment online. If you have a dog with a cancerous head or neck tumor and would like to learn more about the clinical trial, call Rebecca Kamerer at 217-333-5311.

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This story was published July 17, 2017.