. . .The device gives medics a better chance of removing “every last trace” of the disease.
Researchers at the University of Texas say the device is capable of identifying cancerous cells more than 150 times faster than existing technology.
The MasSpec Pen can give surgeons precise information about which tissue to cut or preserve, helping to improve treatment and reduce the chances of cancer reoccurring, they said.
Tests conducted by the team found the tool took just 10 seconds to provide a diagnosis for cancer and was more than 96 per cent accurate.
Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, an assistant professor of chemistry who designed the study, 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’. (Read more from “New Handheld ‘Pen’ Allows Surgeons to Detect Cancer in 10 SECONDS” HERE)