Medical 'pen': A Breakthrough in Cancer Detection
By MedTech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018
Although humanity has achieved several breakthroughs in medical cure and prevention, until recently, detecting the border between normal tissue and cancer has been a battle against time. In an effort to make cancer removal not only faster, but safer, researchers at the University of Texas, Austin have created a medical "pen" that can detect cancer within seconds.
The tool, which its inventors have named the MasSpec Pen, doesn’t scan a patient for cancer, but rather identifies cancerous tissue by touch. Surgeons can identify a cancerous tissue within 10 seconds by touching the tip of the pen to a tissue surface. On touch, the pen does a molecular analysis of the tissue and rapidly determines the status of the tissue. The MasSpec Pen, thus, makes it an incredibly valuable tool for doctors when removing tumors from a patient’s body, allowing them to precisely detect where the cancer begins and ends, ensuring that they remove it all and leave no trace behind.