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This pen like device can detect cancer in 10 seconds, the present technology takes 30 minutes
In a breakthrough invention, a team of scientists has developed a 'pen' that can help doctors in detecting cancer within ten seconds. Yes, you read that right, merely ten seconds.

The device was developed by a team of scientists from University of Texas and the device has been named as MasSpec Pen. It is a handheld instrument that can be used by the surgeons to gather precise diagnostic information about whether a tissue has cancer or not, thus making them capable of deciding whether the tissue should be cut or preserved. 

Information about the miraculous pen was published in the Science Translational Medicine.

What makes the device even more useful in treating cancer is that in most of the cancer surgeries, it's a massive question that whether all the cancer has been extracted or not. The device thus solves the most important problem concerning the surgeries, that of identifying the border between the cancer and normal tissue.

As per the technology available at present, it can even take up to 30 minutes to detect whether a tissue has cancer or not, thus making the surgery unnecessarily longer. Add to this the fact that the results obtained by present technology are not 100 per cent accurate. 

MasSpec pen was used to investigate 253 tissues and within ten seconds, it produced the result and in more than 96 per cent of the cases, the results were accurate. Though the researchers have agreed that it will take much more and extensive testing before the device can be completely relied upon and given to surgeons to be used, but it still is a break through invention. 

The team has received funding for the project from the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. It has also filed for a patent for the device. 

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