Nerve Visualization (video) The Optical Society Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Researchers have shown that polarized light can be used to reveal nerves during surgery. The strands that switch between turning white and translucent (somewhat darker appearance) are nerves. Credit Kenneth Chin, Academic Medical Center Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.