Engineers at Rose-Hulman Ventures are working with surgeons and pathologists at the Indiana University School of Medicine on a biospy tool that may save lives by reducing how long it takes to detect skin cancer.
The device involves using suction through a vacuum tube to produce uniform tissue depth for biopsies. At present, the inability to quantify tissue depth often leads to biopsies that lack sufficient tissue to produce complete test results. In turn, this can delay treatment and place patients who do have skin cancer at greater risk.
Upon consulting with the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., IU physicians asked engineers at Rose-Hulman Ventures to produce a prototype. An updated version is being evaluated and may be available for use within a couple of years.
For more details about the device, read here.