Cancer surgeons have long recognized the challenge of achieving negative margins while preserving healthy tissue during surgery. Traditional intraoperative imaging modalities do not deliver the resolution to visualize microscopic features associated with cellular-level disease. And it’s several days or weeks before pathology reports on margin status are available. If histopathology shows positive margins, patients must typically return for another procedure due to cancer left behind.
Perimeter is looking to become the answer to intraoperative margin visualization with its OCT technology.
Perimeter’s technology uses Optical Coherence Tomography, an optical imaging technique that uses light to produce real-time, cross-sectional images of subsurface tissue structures. The technology was developed out of MIT in 1991 and has been successfully used in ophthalmology, cardiology, and dermatology. The Perimeter S-Series system is the first OCT imaging tool on the market for intraoperative margin visualization.