Biomedical engineering professor leads study of novel technology that helps identify parathyroids during pediatric endocrine surgery


Damage or removal of calcium-regulating parathyroid glands during endocrine surgery can put children at risk for poor growth and slow mental development. Preserving the often rice-sized organ in children is vital, but not always easy.

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Ph.D., professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Orrin H. Ingram Chair in Biomedical Engineering, is the lead investigator on a first-of-its-kind study in children which found that a probe technology that uses near-infrared auto-fluorescent lighting helps positively identify and preserve the parathyroids during endocrine surgery.

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