By Maggie Zeppelin
The University of British Columbia developed a microscope with the technology to diagnose diseases such as skin cancer and perform precise surgeries without cutting skin. This specialized type of multiphoton excitation microscope uses ultrafast infrared laser beams to produce imaging of the skin up to a depth of a millimeter. This microscope is incredibly different compared to the previous technology, as it can also digitally scan living tissue and also treat skin cells by increasing the heat from the laser. This technology allows medical professionals to locate the exact point of the abnormality, diagnose said abnormality, and treat it immediately. This technology is beneficial because it would be further developed and could be used in other exploratory surgeries such as endoscopies.