‘MasSpec Pen’ offers new method to determine tumor margins during surgery

Written by Louis Gautier, Future Science Group

A MasSpec pen, which is currently in development, has recently reported its first results from use during human surgeries. It is hoped that it will eventually replace histopathology as the de facto tool for determining tumor boundaries during surgery. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin (TX, USA) have developed a potential solution to the issues surgeons face when attempting to comprehensively remove tumors during surgery through the development of the ‘MasSpec Pen’. The findings were recently presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2019 National Meeting and Exposition (25–29 August 2019, San Diego, CA, USA) This handheld...

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