Cancer surgery might improve in accuracy with a new tool.
Scientists at the University of Texas say they have invented a handheld tool can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds.
They say, the new “MasSpec Pen” speeds the testing process by as much as 150 times and should make the surgery to remove a tumour more accurate.
“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,’ ” said Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, an assistant professor of chemistry at UT Austin who designed the study and led the team.
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