Handheld device painlessly identifies skin cancer without biopsy scars

Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology are working on a new skin cancer-detection device that uses similar techniques to airport scanners to biopsy tissue.

If approved, the device could make skin cancer biopsies much less painful and invasive, reports the Good News Network.

Tests of the device on already-biopsied patients showed 97% sensitivity and 98% specificity in identifying cancerous tissues, which shows great promise.

If all goes well the device could be in doctors’ hands within two years.

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