Researchers at the University of Texas have created an electronic pen that allow surgeons to detect cancerous cells in seconds.
The MasSpec Pen can tell surgeons in just 10 seconds which tissue to remove or leave, notes The Sun.
The pen, which is 96 percent accurate, releases a tiny droplet of water onto the tissue. The water soaks up biological material, and is then sucked up into the pen, which can detect thousands of molecules and give doctors the results on a computer screen.
Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, an assistant professor of chemistry at the university, said:
If you talk to cancer patients after surgery, one of the first things many will say is ‘I hope the surgeon got all the cancer out. It’s just heartbreaking when that’s not the case. But our technology could vastly improve the odds that surgeons really do remove every last trace of cancer during surgery.
(Source: The Sun)