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Robert McLaughlin (far right) working on the technology with two of the original inventors Rodney Kirk (left) and Bryden Quirk, alongside team member Jiawen Li. Photo: University of Adelaide.

Needle lights new era of microscopic surgery

Surgeons will now be able to see into disease areas contained deep inside the body, such as brain tumours and breast cancers, thanks to technology developed at UWA. 

A University of Western Australia research team is preparing for the debut of its miniaturised optical imaging probe, known as the microscope-in-a-needle, in operating theatres around the world.

Developed over eight years at UWA alongside the WA Department of Health, the probe has recently been licensed to an Australian medical device company so it can leave the lab and be further refined and commercialised for use by surgeons.

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