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Feb012011

New Device Detects Skin Cancer in Seconds

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- Detecting cancerous moles could soon take a matter of seconds, thanks to a new device by Verisante Technology.

The device, called the Verisante Aura, is held above a suspicious mole and scans for 21 cancer biomarkers in under a second. The technology works by utilizing Raman spectroscopy, which determines a mole's spectral signature.

The device will now head to the Food and Drug Administration and Canada Health for testing and confirmation. Even if the device wins approval, however, it is not expected to take the place of traditional biopsies, but rather be used for preliminary testing.

Traditionally, moles that are expected to be cancerous are removed and sent to a lab for testing, a process that takes a much longer period of time.
 
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