Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Institute Ramon y Cajal for Health Research have created a skin biopsy device that makes it surprisingly easy and quick to perform biopsies on the skin. This gadget doesn't require specialized skills to use, and so could well help to make it possible to speed up cancer diagnoses.
Currently, skin biopsies are performed by manually cutting out a layer of skin, removing it and sewing up the incision. This process is both time-consuming and requires a high level of skill and training to complete.
This new device simply needs to be placed on the patient's skin, and upon the push of a button automatically cuts and collects the tissue sample. The process takes just minutes to complete rather than the usual 25-30 minutes.
This device will make it possible to perform large numbers of skin biopsies with ease, helping boost early detection of skin cancer and other similar conditions.