Masspec Pen
a breakthrough device that can detect cancerous tissue in real time.
The MasSpec Pen can reduce time on the operating table and the risk of additional surgeries. The current method for spotting cancerous tissue during surgery requires that a sample be removed from the patient and examined under a microscope. That process takes more than 30 minutes, during which the patient faces an increased risk of infection. By contrast, MasSpec Pen requires only ten seconds. When touching a suspected cancer, the Pen releases a tiny droplet of water. Chemicals inside the living cells move into the droplet, which is then sucked back up the pen for analysis. The pen is then plugged into a mass spectrometer, which produces a chemical fingerprint that tells doctors whether they are looking at healthy tissue or cancer.