IRE, or irreversible electroporation, is a new minimally invasive surgical technique that selectively kills tumor cells by using electrical fields to make holes in cell membranes. Our utilization of the newly developed IRE technology to treat patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer constitutes the first use of IRE tumor ablation to treat the typically fast-growing and fatal cancer that occurs in the pancreas.
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(Aspect 3) Since IRE is minimally invasive from a surgical standpoint, the recovery to be extremely quick. The damage on tissues is reduced by a large amount with this surgery as well. This procedure always at least will improve the patients life in the short run.
(Aspect 3) NanoKnife is the high tech system that is approved by the FDA is what creates IRE to allow this surgery. This is being used in tumors contained within the lung, kidney, liver, and prostate. The precision of this system allows for high efficient work. It also allows for other normal cells in the area to remain unharmed.
(Aspect 3) The human anatomy allows for organs to get rid of the dead cells and be replaced with new healthy cells. Also since NanoKnife does not heat up or become extremely cold, tissues cannot be damaged by temperatures during the procedure. The value of this system in medicine increases dramatically because of these features.
(Aspect 3) NanoKnife is actually not a knife at all. It is nanotechnology at its finest work. It deals with things all the way down to an atomic level. This includes particles and dimensions which allows it to be so accurate and precise.
(Aspect 3) Steel needle like probes is connected to a generator that creates electrical impulses. These impulses can be controlled by a foot pedal. The probes themselves must be disposable for health reasons. With these impulses the cell can die in normal fashion and be disposed of the body the natural way.