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Handheld Mass-Spectrometry Pen Identifies Cancer in Seconds During Surgery

Oct 02,2017

Biomedical Research

Emily Waltz

Source: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/handheld-mass-spectrometry-pen-identifies-cancer-in-seconds-during-surgery

The pen-shaped instrument, which relies on the chemical analysis technique mass spectrometry, was developed by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin. Within ten seconds, the tool displays the result: either “normal” or “cancer”. A surgeon would likely need to take samples from multiple spots around the margin of the tumor. Eberlin is working on software that would spatially map the results.