New pen locates cancer cells within 10 seconds

Sep 09, 2017, 3:19 AM EDT
(Source: Ewen Roberts/flickr)
(Source: Ewen Roberts/flickr)

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have devised the MacSpen Pen, a real-time diagnostic tool that takes just 10 seconds to differentiate cancerous tissues from the healthy ones, helping surgeons drastically reduce time on operating table and the risk of additional surgeries.

The handheld device is fully automatic, biocompatible and non-destructive for sample tissues and relies on a gentle chemical process for diagnosis, writes Wired.

Delivering an accuracy of 96%, the MacSpen Pen can identify different subtypes of lung and thyroid cancer and is slated for clinical testing in humans in 2018, notes Time.