A Pen That Detects Cancerous Tissue Could Help Surgeons Remove The Full Tumor, Science Translational Medicine Reveals

Published: Sep 07, 2017

A new handheld device could someday help cancer surgeons figure out what to cut and what to leave alone in real time.

The device, called the MasSpec Pen, is (unsurprisingly) about the size of a pen and employs water, plastic tubing, and a mass spectrometer. It’s the latest in engineers’ efforts to speed up the pace at which samples collected during operations are processed for clinically valuable information.

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