High-tech goggles that is claimed to help surgeons to identify and eradicate cancer cells by highlighting the affected tissue when they perform surgery .
In addition , this device also allows the surgeon to record and observe operations , which has been tested in patients suffering from breast cancer and skin cancer .
The glasses can even reduce the risk of a second surgery . Diseased and healthy tissue is often difficult to distinguish , and therefore many surgeons are even eradicate healthy tissue so cancer cells can then grow back .
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According to Business Week reports , between 20 and 40 percent of women who undergo lumpectomy or breast cancer surgery , was forced to go back again to perform a second operation .
Glasses that have not been named, is now being developed by Dr. Samuel Achilefu , professor of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis , who was inspired to design sunglasses military technology .
Citing the pages of The Week , Tuesday ( 04/15/2014 ) , he is reported to have started making prototypes with funds obtained from the National Cancer Institute . To use this lens , doctors must first inject the patient with infrared fluorescent marker , which flows into the body and trapped within the cancer cells .
During surgery , an infrared sensor on the glasses will detect the location of diseased cells and displays them to the eyeglass lenses . " This is a smart device that is very useful for the health of the world and I think this could be used in so many places , " said Achilefu .
For the production cost of a pair of glasses , estimated to cost U.S. $ 10 thousand or approximately USD 114 million . The project will likely be completed by the end of this year .